1920s Babe Ruth Home Run Candy Club Membership Card
‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Babe Ruth Home Run Candy Club Membership Card
|Size||2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″|
|Images||Black and White
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1920s Babe Ruth Home Run Candy Club Membership Card Overview
The Babe Ruth Home Run Candy Club Membership Cards provide a nice look back into the 1920s and the popularity of the Yankees star. Ruth began a candy company and, later, a club.
Members in the club would receive one of these cards featuring Ruth’s likeness. The ‘card’ was actually a foldout with a few different features and not a typical membership card as we know them today.
The front cover had a picture of Ruth and stated it was a membership card for the Babe Ruth Home Run Candy Club. The inside featured a certificate that stated the following:
“This is to certify that _______________ is a member in good standing & has complied with all rules & regulations of the organization, and is entitled to all benefits & good fellowship derived therefrom.”
The person’s name was typewritten where the blank line appears. Beneath the statement was a replica Babe Ruth autograph.
Finally, the backs of the cards included a list of ten rules centered around sportsmanship and fair play that were to be obeyed:
- Don’t give up or alibi
- Don’t take advantage of your opponents
- Don’t ask your opponents for anything that you won’t give yourself
- Don’t be afraid to give your opponents an even break
- Don’t brag about your powers or (sic) critisize your (sic) opponents weaknesses
- Don’t be a sore loser
- Don’t think of individual honors but of your team
- Don’t be boastful after you win
- Don’t lay down on your team or anyone else, remember your reputation and your team
- Don’t be afraid to play the game hard and fair, because when you lose this way you are satisfied that you did your best, so you win
An example of the card was featured on Antiques Roadshow in 2013 where it was claimed that only four copies were known to exist at that time.
One of the goals of the candy club was unique. Today, we only know about this based on a letter that was distributed to members.
The club sought to find boys from all over the country to join and, ultimately, they hoped to establish actual baseball leagues in different cities.
At the time, baseball leagues were a popular sort of thing as the sport continued to emerge. In the late 1930s, Kellogg’s actually created a version of them through a promotion established with player Lew Fonseca and other players around the country.
By all indications, Ruth Home Run Candy Club leagues either didn’t happen or they weren’t wildly successful. But in 1951, a Babe Ruth League was eventually established three years after his death.
1920s Babe Ruth Home Run Candy Club Membership Card Checklist
The membership card is a standalone issue.