Lot # 4: 1929 Babe Ruth Home Run King (Autobiography) Japanese Version One of Two Known Copies

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Item was in Auction "Auction 66 Ended 10/14/2023",
which ran from 9/27/2023 6:00 PM to
10/14/2023 11:00 PM

In 1920, the first autobiography of Babe Ruth was published in the United States. It was entitled Babe Ruth Home Run King. However, the book was not published in Japan until 1929. This 286 page volume was translated into Japanese by Takashi Otowa and sold for 1 yen and 50 sen. In our Auctions 59 and 60, we offered advertising flyers for the book. This is one of two known copies. 

The blue cover shows Ruth at bat in his New York Yankees uniform. The title, Home Run King, is printed in Japanese, along with the name of the Kagami Publishing Company. Inside, there is a preface written by Japan Baseball Hall of Fame member, Chujun Tobita, which we assume did not appear in the English version. Along with the Japanese text inside, there four black & white still photos taken from the 1927 movie Babe Comes Home. Interestingly, the fifth photo in the book shows Ruth looking at an English language movie poster advertising the same motion picture! Soft cover book.

This item is a must for a Babe Ruth memorabilia collector.

Size: 5" x 7 1/2". 286 pages.

Condition: Wear along the edges of the front and back covers and spine. A few small ink marks on the back cover. The inside pages are in much nicer condition than the cover. Overall--Vg to Vg/Ex.

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