Babe Ruth’s memory often failed him miserably. Specifically, names were not his forte. If he didn’t recall someone’s name, they were usually “Doc” or “Kid” (pronounced “keed”). When Hall of Fame teammate Waite Hoyt left New York in 1930, after 11 seasons as Ruth’s teammate, Ruth shook his hand and said “Goodbye, Walter.” Ruth never forgot, however, his adoring fans. Realizing he was single-handedly responsible for booming attendance that resulted in the eponymously named “House That Ruth Built,” Ruth was forever in accordance with giving his autograph. The offered example is among the boldest you’ll ever encounter. Executed in black-ink fountain pen on an unevenly trimmed scrap of approximately 3 x 1”, Ruth’s penning resonates (“9”) strength and clarity. The pillar to any autograph collection by virtue of its status as a Ruth penning, this one is a candidate for third-party grading. Full photo LOA from JSA.
This is, with high probability, a post-1928 signature, as “Babe” is free of quotation marks found on most pre-1928 Ruth scriptings. Additionally, we note that there are three tiny applications of liquid paper on the upper edge of the scrap, although none of these touch upon or affect Ruth’s potent scripting, whose curvaceous upper-case "B" and "R" characters are followed by flowing conclusions as familiar as his vigorous swing and twisted torso. This one is a beauty!