Francis: Jane Leavy, the Hall of Fame library, and digitization

From SABR member Bill Francis at on March 5, 2018, on SABR member Jane Leavy:

Jane Leavy is an acclaimed author who has written biographies on some of baseball’s biggest names, but her most recent work involves maybe the game’s biggest name. For her upcoming book on Babe Ruth, she painstakingly went through page after page of scrapbooks that until recently were only available to peruse onsite at the Baseball Hall of Fame Library.

Now, 25 volumes of 10 different Ruth scrapbooks in the collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, totaling more than 1,400 pages and donated in 1956 by Ruth’s widow, are available online at These one-of-a-kind leather-bound scrapbooks, created by Ruth’s agent Christy Walsh from 1921 to 1935, provide a unique look at Ruth’s career through newspaper clippings, letters and photographs, and give a glimpse at the authentic Ruth.

Additional digitized material – including photos, audio, video and text – from the Museum collection will be published every other Wednesday as the Museum adds to the PASTIME (Public Archive System To Interact with the Museum Electronically) online collection.

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Originally published: March 5, 2018. Last Updated: March 5, 2018.