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Huge One-of-a-Kind 1935 World Series "Babe Ruth Contest Winner" Banner

Lot Number 565

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Description

Tommy O'Leary, a 15-year-old Maine fan with scoliosis, was the winner of the Boston Post's "Babe Ruth All-American Team Contest," which meant he and his father traveled halfway across the country to attend all 6 games of the '35 World Series between the Cubs and Tigers—and, of course, to meet the Bambino himself. According to accompanying photocopies of period newspaper articles documenting the trip, this nearly 5-foot-long, 32"-wide banner was used to welcome O'Leary to the Fall Classic and then bestowed upon him as a gift:

 

"Here the hero, in the eyes of a large gathering of boys in his house during the interview, called his mother to get him the banner, which he brought home, and which he proudly unfolded and displayed. On the large banner is the following: 'Winner Boston Post Contest, Babe Ruth All-American Team, World's Series 1935.' The lad said he would display the banner in front of his home so that everybody passing by can see. 'I want them to see it for it will make them all sit up and take notice, and I know that there will be plenty of entries in the Boston Post Contest from Biddeford [Maine] next year."

 

All of the black lettering on O'Leary's banner appears to have been individually hand-cut and sewn on. A manufacturer's label on the reverse reads, "Henry Jackson / 141 Fulton St. / New York." EX condition. An extraordinary survivor of Ruthian proportions!



 
 
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