Last fall, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a special wall in our galleries, called “Recognize,” as a place to highlight one important person in our collection as chosen by the Portrait Gallery’s friends and fans. This is a chance for the public to help us decide what will go on display, from a group of three portraits currently in storage. The candidate with the most votes will be featured on the “Recognize” wall, near the north entrance to our museum.
In the last round of “Recognize,” voters elected to display a portrait of George Carlin by Arthur Grace. Now it’s time to select a new candidate, and the National Portrait Gallery is ready for your vote!
George Herman "Babe" Ruth
When signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1914, the thin, muscular 6’2” George Ruth was a gifted pitcher. In 1915, his first full season in major-league baseball, Ruth established himself as a star with an 18–8 win-loss record and a 2.44 ERA. Even so, the Red Sox pitching staff was so strong that Ruth did not take the mound during that year’s World Series. The next year, his league-leading nine shutouts and 1.75 ERA helped the Red Sox repeat as world champions. During 1919, his last season with the Red Sox, he gave up pitching to become a full-time outfielder. By that time, he had compiled an 89–46 win-loss record with a 2.28 ERA, leaving little doubt he could have been one of baseball’s greatest pitchers.
About the artist: Bert Elias Underwood and his brother Elmer formed a company in 1881 to distribute photographic stereographs. By 1897, the company had full-time and free-lance photographers on staff. Although the firm, rather than the photographers, received credit for each image, some artists earned reputations within areas of specialization, including Thomas Sand for sports photography. Underwood and Underwood ceased operations in the 1950s.
(Left to right: George “Rube” Foster (1888–1976), Carl Mays (1891–1971), Ernest “Ernie” Shore (1891–1980), George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895–1948), and Hubert Benjamin “Dutch” Leonard (1892–1952))