In the same year Christy Walsh invents two lucrative jobs. He manages a syndicate of ghost writers who prepare texts to be endorsed by baseball personalities and approach the top players including Babe Ruth for becoming their business agent.
We must encourage young people to be reconciled with baseball. Following an initiative of the Los Angeles Evening Herald, Walsh and Ruth decide in 1923 that for three consecutive seasons the bat of the first home run of the champion will be inscribed and signed by him and given to the winner of a baseball contest organized for Californian students.
In 1923 Ruth scores his first homer on April 18 during the inauguration of the Yankee Stadium. It was impossible to imagine a more prestigious event. The bat used for this feat is awarded on June 7 by the newspaper to a young player named Victor Orsatti. It was sold on December 13, 2004 by Sotheby's for $ 1.26M including premium, a huge price for a sports memorabilia at that time.
In 1924 Ruth records his first homer on April 20 in Washington DC. This spectacular feat was performed on a fastball thrown by the best pitcher of all time, Walter Johnson nicknamed The Big Train, who was twelve years later one of the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The bat is awarded as promised to the winner of the Californian contest, Phil Grossman. Stolen in 1989 from his nephew by a fake expert, it resurfaced in 2017. This bat graded GU10 by PSA/DNA is estimated $ 2M for sale by Heritage in Dallas on February 23, lot 80058. It previously passed with a much higher opening bid at MEARS Auctions on December 1, 2018. The video was shared on YouTube by the user 'Black Knight' in February 2017.