This exhibition examines Babe Ruth as a baseball legend and the marketing frenzy his name and image fueled before the commercialization of sports superstars became routine. The photographic record alone is astonishing. Ruth was arguably the most portrayed American from the beginning of his professional career in the major leagues, in 1914, to his death in 1948. No president, Hollywood star, or athlete so enjoyed the limelight for as long as BabeRuth.
The exhibition of approximately 40 objects includes prints and photographs of Ruth, both in and out of his New York Yankees uniform, to personal paraphernalia, and advertising memorabilia endorsed by Ruth. Also, a look at a few of baseball’s other greats — HankAaron, Roger Maris, and Whitey Ford — who chased and broke one or more ofthe Babe’s long-standing records.