Insuring the Babe
The telegram reveals that shortly after signing with the Yankees, that Ruth actually had as many as five insurance policies. The artifact mentions the insurance companies: Travelers, Aetna, Equitable, Hartford, and Fidelity Casualty, in reference to Ruth. A sure sign that he was unsurprisingly, one of the more valuable commodities in America at the time.
“The fact that it comes as he is joining the Yankees seems to foreshadow his future success. Ruth was on the verge of becoming a mega-star, and he knew it,” Hall of Fame Vice President of Exhibitions and Collections Erik Strohl said.