Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Late 1920's Babe Ruth & Brick Owens Signed Baseball--The Ump He Punched! Intriguing pairing recalls a famous episode from Babe Ruth's early days in Boston. On June 23, 1917, Clarence "Brick" Owens was the home plate umpire as the Babe walked the first Washington Senators batter on four pitches. Promptly ejected for disputing the umpire's calls, Ruth slugged Owens before leaving the field. Ernie Shore then replaced Ruth on the mound, picked the runner off first and then proceeded to retire the next twenty-six Senators batters in order. Long considered a perfect game for Shore, it is instead today recorded as a combined Ruth/Shore no-hitter. The Babe appears on the sweet spot in 7.5/10 ink with his former punching bag inscribing the northern panel in 6/10 ink, "To Dr. Erikson From 'Brick' Owens." OAL (Barnard) ball is lightly and evenly toned. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    More information about Babe Ruth.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    3rd-5th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 829

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on May 5, 2012 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 11 days left to consign to the 2021 May 6 - 8 Spring Sports Catalog Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I'm a relatively new client at Heritage, and Calvin Arnold, Director and Sports Card expert, has helped make me a Big fan in just a few months.
    Chuck L.,
    Encino, CA
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search