WWII Army New Testament, Signed by Babe Ruth

Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book




United States




Printed on Printed


6.7 × 2.9 × 0.6 in. (17.2 × 7.5 × 1.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

This New Testament was printed for Army Protestant personnel by the United States Government Printing Office in 1942. Printed with the Bible is a preface dated March 6, 1941, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States.” The last page contains a printed encouragement to know your chaplain, signed by William Richard Arnold, Chief of Chaplains. This copy includes the signature of Babe Ruth from 1942 on the front endpapers. Ruth made many personal appearances supporting the war effort during WWII until his last appearance as a player at Yankee Stadium in 1943. During one of his many appearances, it is likely someone had this New Testament with them and used it to obtain Ruth’s autograph.

Printed in 1942 by the United States Government Printing Office, Washington, DC. Acquired by 2010 by Gene Albert (Christian Heritage Museum), Hagerstown, Maryland; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

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