YANKEES BUY BABE RUTH FROM THE BOSTON RED SOX!

yankees-buy-babe-ruth-article-3.jpgHIGHEST PRICE EVER PAID FOR A BASEBALL PLAYER
“THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO”
POSSIBLY THE WORST TRADE IN BASEBALL HISTORY (for the Sox, that is)!

The World
New York
January 6, 1920

In a startling deal that was to have a long-lasting impact on the entire American League, the Boston Red Sox agree to sell George Herman “Babe” Ruth to the New York Yankees for a record price of over $100,000 (and this was in 1920)!  The single-column front page headlines announce the story to delighted New York Yankee fans:“YANKEES BUY RUTH AND HOME RUN BAT FOR OVER $100,000.” “Pay Highest Price in History.” “Col. Ruppert Says New York is Carrying Out Policy to Get a Winning Team.”  The Times Sports Section continues the amazing announcement with headlines and a superb photo of the new Yankee slugger. And, Ruth himself said he was “not surprised!” The star player stated, “When I made my demand on the Red Sox for $20,000 a year I had an idea they would choose to sell me rather than pay the increase, and I knew the Yankees were the most probable purchasers.”

Undoubtedly, this is one of the most historic sports issues we have ever owned–Babe Ruth’s acquisition by the Yankees reported in a large New York newspaper!  28 pp., complete and in very good condition. An absolute prize for the finest baseball collection!

$1,950

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