1928 Babe Ruth McLoughlin Game Letter
Babe Ruth/McLoughlin cover letter (8.5x10") from the McLoughlin Manufacturing Company to the office of Babe Ruth's "agent," Christy Walsh. The typed letter reads, "We herewith enclose copy of form 1099 which we have reported on Babe Ruth. We thought you would like to give this to Christy Walsh or "Babe" that they may report this in their income tax." Although Walsh often referred to himself as a "press agent," he was really the first baseball agent, managing Ruth's finances, appearances, endorsements and public relations. The McLoughlin Manufacturing Company manufactured games, and this Ruth revenue source from McLoughlin was only one of many that made Ruth's ancillary income so lucrative. Ruth had finished the previous season with his record 60 home runs, so his outside income would continue to soar. The letter has some creasing at top left and some browning at the edges, but is otherwise in Very Good condition.
This collection is originally from Babe Ruth’s right hand man: Mr. Joe Bihler. Bihler handled personally the Babe Ruth account for christy Walsh, Babe Ruth’s legendary agent. Bihler & Walsh took loving care of the Babe from the peak of his playing career, till his final years.
Along with their #1 client Babe Ruth, Walsh & Bihler represented most of the major sports legends over their careers including lou Gehrig, ty cobb, Knute Rockne, John McGraw and many more in a myriad of different sports. These important documents are fascinating look into the life and times of George Herman “Babe” Ruth. they include several of his income tax returns, income notes from his banner 1927 year showing great detail of his earnings, a telegram from a racist police chief, and a great letter Ruth sent to the IRS regarding a deduction he made for his wife acting as his secretary.