Serigraph of “Babe Ruth Bows Out” picture with Autograph

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Serigraph of “Babe Ruth Bows Out” picture with Autograph

This serigraph is a limited edition 276/500, made after the pulitzer winning picture of Nathaniel Fein of the Herald Tribune. The unique framing of this piece comes with a Babe Ruth autograph and a Yankees logo.

George Herman Ruth, Jr (1895-1948), best known as "Babe" Ruth and nicknamed "the Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat", was an American baseball player who spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, playing for three teams (1914–1935). Known for his hitting brilliance, Ruth is credited with changing baseball itself. The popularity of the game exploded in the 1920s, largely due to his influence. Ruth ushered in the “live-ball era”, as his big swing led to escalating home run totals that not only excited fans, but helped baseball evolve from a low-scoring, speed-dominated game to a high-scoring power game. He has since become regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture.

From 1946 he was in poor health. Cancer treatments failed to eradicate the cancers from which he was suffering. In ill health with throat cancer, he nonetheless attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the opening of Yankee Stadium in 1948. He was reunited with old teammates from the 1923 Yankee team and posed for photographs.

Nathaniel Fein’s photo of Ruth taken from behind, showing Ruth leaning on his baseball bat as a cane, standing apart from the other players and facing "Ruthville" (right field) became one of baseball's most famous and widely circulated photographs.

The celebration also honoured Ruth by retiring his Number 3 to the Bseball Hall of Fame in New York, that number not to be used again by the Yankees. His speech and bow to the crowd was not only a farewell to baseball, but a farewell to life.