Sunday, June 6, 2021

Celebrity Jersey Cards #540 Bud Abbott & Babe Ruth

Celebrity Jersey Cards is a weekly series in which I create virtual trading cards for celebrities wearing sports jerseys. Today, I continue working my way alphabetically through all MLB teams.

Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, William "Bud" Abbott rose to fame as half of the legendary Abbott and Costello comedy duo. Abbott and Costello performed the hugely popular "Who's on First?" skit, which earned them a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Abbott also has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Abbott and Costello posed with Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio (representing all three New York teams) to earn his Celebrity Jersey Card.

George Herman Ruth was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew into a Hall of Fame baseball player. He started with the Boston Red Sox, was sold to the New York Yankees in what is considered one of the worst deals ever for any team. Ruth actually finished his career with the Boston Braves. In 1923, Ruth appeared in an exhibition game to raise money for former New York Giants' owner John B. Day and and manager Jim Mutrie. Ruth, pictured with Giants' manager John McGraw, landed on what would be one of the oldest Celebrity Jersey Cards to date.

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