Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball

The New York Yankees' legendary "Sultan of Swat" signed this baseball for a fan during a visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
A neglected and delinquent child, George Herman Ruth, Jr. (1895-1948), best known as Babe Ruth, discovered his love for baseball while living at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore. He began his major-league career as a star pitcher, but was reassigned to the outfield due to his powerful swing. With his record-setting home runs—60 in one season, 714 career total—and larger-than-life personality, Ruth thrilled fans and redefined the character of America's national pastime.
Object Name
autographed baseball
Ruth, Babe
Physical Description
cork, cushioned (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
yarn (overall material)
horsehide (overall material)
overall: 3 in; 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
National Treasures exhibit
Autographed Baseballs
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
National Treasures exhibit
Autographed Baseballs
American Stories
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Juliana C. Jones and Robert M. Jones in memory of Thomas J. Jones
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
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