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Who among us wouldn't trade all of our Babe Ruth collectibles for the magical chance to travel back in time and actually watch the Babe in action as he belts a homer in '27? Who among us hasn't dreamed of seeing the larger-than-life Sultan of Swat enter the batter's box, connect his mighty bat to the hurtling sphere, and then trot around the bases to the sound of raucous Babemania fanfare?
But alas, the best we humble hobby collectors can do is live vicariously through the thrilling eyewitnesses experiences of those who were there in the flesh—like sportswriters Bill Conlin and Ed Burt. Conlin was a mere schoolboy at the time, Burt the lucky official scorekeeper. It was one of the famous post-World Series barnstorming games, on this particular day in Conlin and Burt's hometown of Marysville, CA.
Conlin nostalgically set the scene in his 1973 Sacramento Union article "Memories of the Babe":
"On Oct. 25, 1927 Ruth's Busting Babes and Gehrig's Larruping Lous came to Marysville and they dismissed the schools that morning so we could all go to the ball park. Merchants closed their stores for three hours so that they, too, could see the game. As they did at all points on the transcontinental barnstorming tour, both Babe and Lou played first base, which brought Babe closer to the crowds and, besides, the Bambino liked to play first because there was more action. The rest of the two teams were made up of semi-pro Sacramento Valley Leaguers, who were as excited about playing with Ruth as the lads and lassies who were escaping a morning of school. The Busting Babes won that morning in Marysville, 9 to 7, before 3,000 fans...The Babe walked his first trip, flied to left, singled and then homered in both the seventh and eighth innings. Gehrig homered in the first inning, walked in the third, singled in the fifth, homered in the seventh and singled in the ninth."
And here's where Ed Burt comes into the picture, as Conlin acknowledges, "No, this is not all from memory. The official scorer that game was Eddie Burt, the retired golf writer who then was sports editor of the Marysville Appeal-Democrat. He kept that scorebook. You see Babe Ruth autographed it."
Presented here is that very scorebook signed as well by Gehrig—whom Conlin evidently gave short shrift in the column. Both pencil signatures rate about "9" in strength. In addition to the fully scored 10/25 barnstorming game in Marysville, there are also fully scored games from between June 5, 1927 and July 15, 1928. Condition-wise, the book features front and back interior binding reinforcements.
Also included are two additional Spalding scorebooks. One contains fully scored games from between August 5, 1928 and August 11, 1929, with interior binding reinforcements on the front interior only. The other has fully scored games from between March 2, 1930 and July 22, 1934, with loose binding but no reinforcements. All scorebooks have been scored in pencil. They are appropriately well-used, with some fading on the covers, but the gold embossing remains in generally good condition. A copy of Conlin's 1973 Sacramento Union reminiscence accompanies. Full LOA from PSA.