1935 Wire Photo BABE RUTH - "Lonesome Babe"
DESCRIPTION "Lonely Babe"
Waiting for that Call
One of the most famous images of Ruth taken and issued in 1935 by The Christy Walsh Syndicate. This photos comes directly from the Christy Walsh Collection and includes a Letter of Authenticity from Walsh's daughter. Walsh was Babe Ruth's business manager from 1921-1937. Walsh's business savvy would earn Babe far more non-baseball related revenues then Babe earned in all his years playing baseball .
The image depicts Ruth who has been out of baseball but hopes to return as a manager, staring out his window in his apartment, hoping for that one opportunity. Unfortunately for Ruth, the call never came. According to an interview segment on the YES network with his daughter, Linda Ruth, when the Babe passed away, he died with a sadden soul and took the grief to his death-bed. His only wish was to lead a team but unfortunately no club gave him the chance (Fuchs stringed him along in 1935 and Ruth retired from the game when he realized he was just a side-show for the Braves club. The Dodgers offered him a coaching spot in 1938, a position he accepted in hopes of heading the club one day. He quit by the end of July realizing Brooklyn was going in a different direction)
The 8" x 10" photo carries the Christy Walsh stamp on the reverse. The clarity is first-rate and the contrast is striking. The image itself is the one associated with Ruth's hopes and dream of managing and has appeared in several books including the late-Lawrence Ritter's classic "The Babe". This is an Exceptional Ruth photograph