Lot # 3: 1934 International News Photo Weekly Magazine--Babe Ruth Japan Tour Cover--Only Known Copy!

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Item was in Auction "Auction 62: Ended 11/14/2021",
which ran from 10/30/2021 8:00 PM to
11/13/2021 11:00 PM

This magazine is the November 15, 1934 issue of the International News Photo Weekly. It is a 48 page document published by Shimbun Rengo-sha in Tokyo. It is not a sports publication, but is more of a general interest photo periodical. Because it is not a sports magazine, this issue has remained unknown to the sports collecting hobby until now.

Here we present, for the first time, the only known copy of the only 1934 Japanese magazine with a color image of Babe Ruth on the cover wearing his Japan Tour uniform.

In the cover photo, we see the determined countenance of Babe Ruth, Sultan of Swat, following the flight of the baseball right after one of his powerful swings. According to the cover text at lower right, Ruth is seen here homering during practice for the first game of the Tour which was played on November 4, 1934 at Jingu Stadium against the Tokyo Club. The Americans vanquished the opposition that day by a score of 17-1. During the 18 games played between the All Stars and various Japanese opposition, Ruth homered 13 times while batting .408 for the series.

Aside from the cover, the 1934 Japan Tour is depicted on two other pages. On these additional pages, we see five more Tour photos. Two images are from the welcoming parade. One is a team photo. The other two depict Tour game action, including one featuring the Babe. The remainder of the magazine is devoted to various non-sport themes.

If you are a 1934 Tour collector or a Babe Ruth collector, you will undoubtedly be excited about the opportunity to add this special magazine to your collection.

Japanese text.

Size: 7 1/2" x 10 1/4". 48 pages.

Condition: Would be Ex, except for two holes punched near the spine for insertion into a binder.

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