Babe Ruth signing autographs, Portland, 1926

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Babe Ruth signing autographs, Portland, 1926

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During a visit in 1926, Babe Ruth signed autographs in Portland, while wearing his New York Yankees hat and jacket. Ruth began his professional career with the Boston Red Sox, but his contract was sold to the New York Yankees in 1919—famously inspiring a “curse” of World Series losses for Red Sox teams until 2004.

Throughout his career, Ruth visited Maine in a professional capacity, and also while on vacation or hunting trips. Largely considered the first celebrity athlete in America, Ruth’s popularity afforded him the opportunity to make paid “exposition-style” appearances, showcasing his athletic abilities and connecting with adoring fans. Even in retirement, Ruth returned to Maine for several guest appearances.

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  • Title: Babe Ruth signing autographs, Portland, 1926
  • Creation Date: 1926
  • Subject Date: 1926
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: 2005.061.13949
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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