Babe Ruth autographed 1919 WWI Knights of Columbus \'War Chest\' Official National League Spalding baseball. The autograph was acquired many years after the baseball was produced as evidence of the size, nature of the Ruth signature (although faded). The ball itself is fairly rare as it was part of a program set up by the U.S Government called the Commision on Training Camp Activities which was formed after World War I started to insure the U.S. troops had a healthy and cheerful environment.
The \"WWI bat and ball fund\" was started and the Knights ofColumbus, YMCA/YWCA, Salvation Army raised money for equipment so that our troops could have a nice cheerful environment. Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith launched a plan to support the troops by raising money to purchase equipment (mostly baseball gear) for every U.S. military training camp.
During the first month the Knights of Columbus passed out 37,719 cartons of chocolate, 25,250 cartons of chewing gum, 14,772 baseballs, 2,286 sets of boxing gloves and 1,687 footballs. This ball is one of the baseballs passed out and later on signed by Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium.
The ball is authenticated by Global Authentics LLC and the certification of the Letter of Authenticity is GV927798.
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