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Baseball - Sports - Historical - Political

Sat, Jun 27, 2020 11:00AM EDT
Lot 118

Babe Ruth Signed Baseball - 1948

Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000

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Babe Ruth signed baseball, guaranteed authentic. See link for high-res image A statement from the consignor; My name is Jeff Adinolfi and this is a story about Babe Ruth and my grandfather Sal Adinolfi and a baseball. On June 5th 1948 the Babe came to visit New Haven, he was going to present his memoirs to Yale University. The presentation ceremony was going to be before the Yale baseball game at Yale field on Rt 34 in West Haven, the field is still there. The ceremony was attended by Yale President and New Haven Mayor The Babe was assigned a police officer to accompany him for the day...Salvatore Adinolfi. Before the game an on field ceremony was done with the above mentioned officials and the Captain of the Yale team, 3rd baseman and future United States President, George H. Bush. During the game the Babe, seated next to my grandfather said, "Sal, do u have any kids", To which my grandpa said he had a son at home named Ernie. The Babe pulled s ball out of his pocket and signed it, "Babe Ruth 1948". Ernie is my father. For the next 40+ years the ball remained in Sal's dresser drawer wrapped in a towel, removed occasionally for show and tell. Upon my grandfather Sal's passing in 91, the ball went to my father Ernie, and upon his passing in 2019 the ball went to me and i would like it to go to be shared. The Babe, suffering from throat cancer would make only one more public appearance at Yankee stadium Babe Ruth Day in July where he signed his last ,documented ball, which is now in the Hall of Fame, this is the second to the last documented signed ball by the "Bambino", as far as i know. Thank you, Sincerely, Jeff Adinolfi Please refer to this link for high res photos: