1936 Goudey B&W - Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth was a big enough star that he should have warranted a farewell card.
After having his managerial hopes deflated by the Yankees, Ruth's contract was sold to the Boston Braves. The Braves were in debt and the owner pinned his hopes on Ruth attracting large crowds. The Babe was promised a position as team vice president and assistant manager on the field, with the possibility of taking over the managerial position as early as 1936. Ruth was to share in the profits of the team and possibly become co-owner.
Ruth started out the 1935 season with a bang. Unfortunately, that would be the best Ruth played until shortly before his final game. His fielding declined so poorly that some pitchers refused to take the mound if Ruth was in the lineup. The only thing he could do was trot around the bases and that was becoming less and less frequent.
On May 25, 1935, Babe went 4 for 4 with 6 RBI and 3 home runs. They would be his final three home runs, the last of which cleared the roof at Forbes Field. Ruth was the first player to accomplish that feat. Five days later, he injured his knee and took himself out of the game. He announced his retirement two days later.
In designing the 1936 Goudey Black & White, I adhered to the original aspect ratio of 2 3/8 inches x 2 7/8 inches. The only difference being that I used Ruth's actual autograph on the card instead of a facsimile. The small off-white color border remains.
24 of the 25 cards that are included in the original set are head shots. Only one card features a bat. One other card features a head shot and part of a catcher's mitt. So, in keeping with the overall look of the set, I used a head shot of Ruth.