1948 St Mary’s Industrial School Babe Ruth Cup Trophy 
Lot Number 378
 
Quantity: Bid Starts: 10/01/2007 10:00:00 
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Nearly sixty years after George Herman Ruth passed away, his name still is synonymous with the game he loved. The mystique and aura attached to that immortal name is as strong as always. Any award that has Ruth’s name attached to it is associated with the best players in the game. For years, the reformatory school where a young George learned to play the game of baseball awarded the best athlete in the school with the Babe Ruth Cup. The real thrill was that Babe Ruth usually presented the youngster with the hardware. In 1948, St. Mary’s Industrial School chose Paul Geppi to receive the Cup. At the time, Ruth was in declining health and the award was delayed three weeks in June so that Ruth could attend. By early July, Ruth was well enough to attend the ceremony at a game in Baltimore. That day, it was raining and the game was canceled. Ruth returned to New York and the following month passed away after battling throat cancer. Now, this transcendent trophy is being offered to the collector who can fully appreciate the prodigious nature of the artifact. The sterling silver trophy weighs 3.8 ounces and stands 5” tall and 3-1/2” wide. A rich patina graces the body of the trophy along with the professional engraving that reads, The Babe Ruth Cup 1948, Paul Geppi. With only a pair of minor dents on the back of the relic, the overall presentation of this miniature mammoth is exceptional. Accompanying the trophy is a small 2” wooden stand, an original letter from Brother Charles, the superintendent at St. Mary’s Industrial School in 1948, a letter from the Babe Ruth Museum returning the trophy to Mr. Geppi after twelve years on display and an article from the Baltimore Sun about the artifact and the story behind it. This trophy was treasured for years by Paul Geppi and he loaned it to the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore for the Babe Ruth Centennial Exposition in 1995. The trophy was also on display at the Babe Ruth Museum from 1995 until early 2007. All things considered, this trophy has enormous appeal. The Babe Ruth Cup meant something to the Bambino and not just because the award bore his name. Ruth was so dedicated to the prestige of the award, he traveled to Baltimore in his last days to present it to the young man that best represented the school that helped make Babe Ruth the American icon that he was. 
 
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