August Live 2014
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This is just the seventh Babe Ruth payroll check ever handled by our experienced company executives over the course of the past 15 years. Two of those prior examples hailed from 1927—the first of which dated to Ruth's 60th home run and topped out at $51,000.
The 1925 offering presented here connects to a different milestone as its July 1st date saw one of the Bambino's all-time record 71 2-HR games. Ruth drove in 4 runs in the Yankees' 11-8 win over the Red Sox as Gehrig chipped in a double and two singles and as Meusel socked a solo shot. The pay period for the $4598.84 sum is listed as "Salary to June 30th"—which is interesting timing in itself since Babe made his triumphant return in June after the "bellyache heard 'round the world." (Conflicting reports indicate a groin injury, ulcer or intestinal abscess, though the apocryphal tale persists to this day as a hot-dog binge!)
Turning to its technical description, the payroll check measures 3-1/4" x 9" and appears EX overall with some toning, corner wear and one light center fold line. President Jacob Ruppert has signed at the bottom (black fountain pen, "10" but affected by two hole punchings), and E.G. Barrow has countersigned near the left edge (black fountain pen, about "8"). Ruth has signed the back in black fountain pen, and his scripting has been affected by bank stampings and hole punchings. It is made out to "Geo. H. Ruth" (typed) and drawn from "The American League Baseball Club of New York, Inc." account at NYC's Yorkville Bank. Encapsulated with Ruth's autograph graded NM-MT 8 by PSA/DNA.
1925 Babe Ruth Signed New York Yankees Payroll Check - PSA/DNA NM-MT 8
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