Sterling Silver & 24K Gold Miniature Figure BABE RUTH
Up for auction is this extremely fine and rare, solid, Sterling silver and 24K yellow gold miniature figurine / sculpture of BABE RUTH by The Franklin Mint. Each figurine has been sculptured in exacting and precise detail by the famous American sculptor Andrew Chernak. Each figure has been created with complete devotion to historical accuracy. Every distinguishing feature, every article of clothing, every physical characteristic and action has been authentically portrayed. To enehance their beauty, each figurine has been mounted on a black marble base. This fine and rare sculpture of BABE RUTH was found in a local Beverly Hills estate along with the other nine miniature sculptures issued by The Franklin Mint in 1976 as part of the bi-centennial celebrations. Titled "America's Legendary Heroes" and Limited to the number of valid subscribers, this series depicts some of the most fascinating figures to come out of the annals of the US history. Each figurine is a real work of art. The detailed casting and the fine finish captures the personality of each character. This scultpure / figurine was found in its original red fitted box and measures 2 3/4" inches in height. Finely cast from solid Sterling silver (gross weight on my postal scales is 3 3/4 oz; please note this includes weight of black onyx base). Underside of base is marked BABE RUTH by Andrew Chernak + Gold on Sterling Silver + 1976 the Franklin Mint. Found in pristine condition.George Herman Ruth, Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), also popularly known as " Babe ", " The Bambino ", and " The Sultan of Swat ", was an American Major League baseball player from 1914–1935. Ruth originally broke into the Major Leagues with the Boston Red Sox as a starting pitcher, but after he was sold to the New York Yankees in 1919, he converted to Right Field and subsequently became one of the league's most prolific hitters. Ruth was a mainstay in the Yankees' lineup that won 7 pennants and 4 World Series titles during his tenure with the team. After a short stint with the Boston Braves in 1935, Ruth retired. In 1936, Ruth became one of the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ruth has since become regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture. He has been named the greatest baseball player in history in various surveys and rankings, and his home run hitting prowess and charismatic personality made him a larger than life figure in the "Roaring Twenties". Off the field he was famous for his charity, but also was noted for his often reckless lifestyle. Ruth is credited with changing baseball itself. The popularity of the game exploded in the 1920s, largely due to him. Ruth ushered in the "live-ball era," as his big swing led to escalating home run totals that not only excited fans, but helped baseball evolve from a low-scoring, speed-dominated game to a high-scoring power game. In 1998, The Sporting News ranked Ruth number 1 on the list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players." In 1999, baseball fans named Ruth to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 1969, he was named baseball's Greatest Player Ever in a ballot commemorating the 100th anniversary of professional baseball. In 1993, the Associated Press reported that Ruth was tied with Muhammad Ali as the most recognized athletes, out of 1000 dead or alive athletes, in America. According to ESPN, he was the first true American sports celebrity superstar whose fame transcended baseball. In a 1999 ESPN poll, he was ranked as the third-greatest US athlete of the century, behind Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali. Ruth was the first player to hit 60 home runs in one season (1927), setting the season record which stood for 34 years until broken by Roger Maris in 1961. Ruth's lifetime total of 714 home runs at his retirement in 1935 was a record for 39 years, until broken by Hank Aaron in 1974. Unlike many power hitters, Ruth also hit for average: his .342 lifetime batting is tenth highest in baseball history, and in one season (1923) he hit .393, a Yankee record. His .690 care...
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