Ruth, Babe and Bob Considine. The Babe Ruth Story. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1948. Signed and inscribed first edition. Original dust jacket and housed in custom archival clamshell.
Presented is a first edition of The Babe Ruth Story written by Babe Ruth and Bob Considine. The book is signed and inscribed by Ruth on the half title page reading, “To the greatest couple in the world May + Peter from Babe Ruth.” The book was published in 1948 by E. P. Dutton & Company in New York and retains its original dust jacket showing photos of Ruth swinging a baseball bat. The book is now housed in a custom built archival clamshell with quarter leather covers and a photo of Ruth inlaid on the front.
George Herman Ruth, nicknamed “Babe” Ruth, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. He is considered one of the greatest hitters in the sport’s history. A young talent, Ruth was immediately recruited out of high school to the Baltimore Orioles. He joined the big leagues with the Red Sox as a lefty hurler only to be sold shortly afterwards to the Yankees in 1920 as an outfielder. Ruth led the Yankees team to win seven American League Pennants and four World Series Titles. The famous batter retired from the sport in 1935 with an incredible 714 home runs. An entertainer as much as an athlete, Babe Ruth was known for his big personality and charismatic showmanship. Much of his fame is attributed to his character as well as his admirable skill in the sport. This biography takes the reader through Ruth’s life and covers topics such as friendship, love, successes, failures, and his career.
The inscription written for May and Peter refers to Ruth’s dear friends and neighbors, Peter and May De Rose. The couple was famous in their own right as musicians and composers. May played the ukelele and her husband wrote songs. Later, the radio referred to the couple as the “Sweethearts of the Air.” Through their efforts, the Musician’s Union eventually recognized the ukulele as a formal instrument and was soon standardized. During WWII, the NY Yankees trained in the same area the De Roses lived. Friendship ignited between Ruth and the De Roses. May and Peter even performed at Ruth’s wedding as well as birthday parties. This book was a gift from Ruth to some of his closest friends.
Overall very good condition. Some wear, as expected, to the original dust jacket but has been professionally repaired. Small loss at top of spine. Internally, the pages have mild toning from age but are otherwise without damage. The blue ink signature and inscription on the half title page is clear and dark. The book is housed in a red and black protective clamshell case made with quarter leather and cloth covers, gilt embossed spine decorations, and an inlaid photo of Ruth.
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