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Ed Barrow's entire life was spent in baseball, and his many accomplishments include discovering Honus Wagner, serving as president of the International League, managing the Red Sox to a World Championship and being the chief architect of the New York Yankees baseball dynasty from 1921-1947. Despite all of this he is most remembered for one crucial decision in 1918 that changed the entire course of baseball history. For it was in that historic year that Barrow decided to take one of the best pitchers in the game, Ruth, and convert him into a full time outfielder. Upon looking back at that decision it would have appeared to have been a "no brainer", although at the time it was made Barrow did receive much initial criticism. None other than the great Tris Speaker himself was quoted as saying "Ruth made a big mistake when he gave up pitching." Ruth quickly vindicated Barrow, however, as he led the league in home runs with 11 in 1918 and followed that up the next year with a then astonishing total of 29. When Ruth was sold the following year to the Yankees, the seeds that Barrow had sewn in 1918 would come to full fruition and the greatest personality in the history of sports was born. This 7-3/4" x 9-3/4" depiction bears pencil notations, a “Sporting News” copyright stamping and an affixed newspaper clipping on its back. "The Sporting News," which still exists today was founded in 1886 by Alfred H. Spink and became the preeminent American Publication covering baseball. This photograph came directly from the archives of the "Sporting News" and has been designated as such by the official Sporting News hologram that has been adhered to the reverse. This original hologram assures its provenance as being acquired directly from this historic archive.
Ed Barrow Signs Ruth and McGinnis in 1918 News Service Photo
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