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80070

1925 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat....

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

Description:
1925 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat. When the Babe collapsed to the hard marble floor of the Asheville, NC train station while on a stop during the Yanks' return trip from 1925 spring training, the rumors of his death spread like wildfire throughout the nation. Soon New York Tribune writer W.O. McGeehan would set the record straight, confirming Ruth's survival and dubbing his ailment "the bellyache heard 'round the world." Theories for the culprit ranged from an outrageous hot dog binge to tainted Prohibition liquor to venereal disease, but the exact nature of his illness has never been confirmed. Ruth's recovery would take seven weeks.

Presented is a signature model Hillerich & Bradsby utilized by the Babe during his most controversial Yankee season. Though this proved to be the only year between 1923 and 1931 that Ruth did not take the top spot on the American League home run ladder, his twenty-five long balls was still good enough for second place this abbreviated campaign, and the heavy use on the presented bat gives us every reason to believe a few of them were launched from its battered barrel.

The specifics of the ash weapon's thirty-six inches of length and forty-four ounces of weight allow bat expert John Taube to definitively date the bat to the 1925 season, though Taube notes that this is an R2 model similar to Ruth's first Yankee Stadium home run bat which realized $1.3 million in a 2004 auction.

Points are lost only to a degree of post-Ruth sandlot use, certainly not uncommon for lumber from the days before sports memorabilia was considered sacred or valuable. The bat has been assessed a grade of GU 6.5 as a result.

Many baseball historians have theorized that this 1925 season was a major turning point in the career of baseball's greatest name, and the numbers do seem to support the theory. Ruth would lead the league in home runs six of the seven seasons to come, powering the Yankees to four pennants and three World Championships. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 6.5.

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