The Sale of Babe Ruth Promissory Note 1922
The Curse has been reversed and the wish of a fan, who famously defaced a Storrow Drive street sign to express a frustration felt by the entire city of Boston, was granted. After the historic eight-game October winning streak of 2004, we feel safe in bringing this important document into the light of day, reassured that those Boston Red Sox fans who wished to send this piece to the same place that Cubs fans sent the Bartman ball have softened their stance on the issue. Offered here is one of the three promissory notes issued by the New York Yankees to the Boston Red Sox organization, each made payable for $25,000 (plus six percent interest), with the final $25,000 of the $100,000 price tag for the Babe paid in cash.
Text of the note is as follows: "$25,000 (addended to read $25,500 to include 6% interest), NY January 3, 1922, One Hundred and twenty days after date we promise to pay to the order of The Boston American League Baseball Club Twenty-five Thousand and no/100 Dollars at Yorkville Bank with interest at 6%, American League Baseball Club of New York, Inc. by (signed) Jacob Ruppert, President, (signed) T.L. Huston, Secretary." The signatures of Ruppert and Huston appear again on the verso, along with that of the most hated man in Boston baseball history, the team owner who cared more about a play called "No No Nanette" than the sanity of countless millions of current and future Red Sox fans. He writes, "Boston American League Baseball Club By (signed) H. Frazee, Prest." Two unidentified signatures, likely those of bank employees appear at bottom. All signatures are bold and strong.
Headlines were made in June of 2005 when the actual contract sending Ruth to the Yankees sold at auction for just short of one million dollars. Of course that piece will remain a dream for all but the most fabulously well-funded, leaving this promissory note the most attractive alternative for those seeking to own a part of this earthshaking chapter in baseball history.
The note itself remains in wonderful condition, with a few minor creases and the stain of an ancient rusty paper clip only adding to the vintage patina. A tiny hole below Ruppert's signature affects no writing on front or verso. Measures 3.25x7.5". The piece is masterfully matted and framed between two panes of glass to allow viewing of each side, along with a photo of Ruth and typed text regarding the note. Overall size is 11.5x17". LOA from Sotheby's. EX-Halper.