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Joe Sewell Racist Babe Ruth Letter & 1927 Waite Hoyt Yankees Letter

Joe Sewell Racist Babe Ruth Letter & 1927 Waite Hoyt Yankees Letter

A most fascinating account of favoritism and racism in baseball is this handwritten letter by Hall of Famer Joe Sewell. Content refers to Ruth’s home run hitting ability versus Hank Aaron: Records are made to be broken so they say, but I played against Babe for eleven years when I was with Cleveland Indians, and in 1927 when [Ruth] set the record of sixty home runs, if we had pitched to Babe like some of the pitchers (mostly the black pitchers) pitched to Hank Aaron, Babe would have hit 160 home runs. We threw everything for him to hit, not the nice, fat, fastball. I saw him hit two in one game in Atlanta one day, I could have hit the ball myself old as I am. There never will be a person who could hit a ball as far as Babe Ruth. Sincerely, Joe Sewell.” On 8.5x11” white lined notepaper. NRMT except for folds. The second, a typed signed letter from Waite Hoyt gives an interesting commentary from the Hall of Famer regarding the 1927 Yankees as the best team of all time, even versus the 1929-31 Athletics. In response to questions regarding Babe Ruth’s character, he says, “Ruth was a swell guy.” On “Waite C. Hoyt” stationary. EX-MT except for folds. 7x10”.


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