There's nothing quite like seeing a picture of the young, moon-faced Bambino as a Red Sox pitcher. Nothing quite like knowing what nobody else in the photo or in the world at that time could have possibly foreseen—that this ace hurler would soon relinquish the mound for a new throne as Home Run King, revolutionizing our National Pastime and our nation itself in the process. Here is one such thrilling sneak peek: A newspaper premium from rookie Ruth's first full season, when the svelte southpaw went 18-8 en route to his first World Series championship. The "Golden Outfield" of Lewis, Speaker and Hooper is also depicted in this 10-1/2 x 14" piece, which shows two vintage notations of "1915" and a copyright attribution for photographer "W W Somers." GD frontal appearance with creasing throughout and heavy mounting wear on reverse. A 2014 LOA from photography expert David Cycleback is transcribed in full on our website.
Cycleback's LOA reads, "I was asked as a prints historian to examine the pictured print of the 1915 Boston Red Sox including Babe Ruth. The print is a black and white letterpress and photoengraving on blank backed enameled paper. Letterpress and photoengraving are long since defunct commercial printing processes commonly used to make Pre-War black and white premiums, supplements and trading cards. Enameled paper was a quality paper used to make many antique premiums and similar prints. The text font is consistent with the period. While the '1915' at the tip is handwritten in ink, the 1915 copyright in the lower left of the image is part of the photoengraved printing. In my opinion, the printing, paper and other details are consistent with the print being antique and period. This letter has my embossed stamp, is forensically marked and is void if duplicated."