Babe Ruth signed baseball sold for $250,000

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Grey Flannel Auctions last night sold a Babe Ruth signed baseball to an anonymous buyer for $250,641.

The ball was autographed by Ruth in 1926 and give to then 11-year-old Johnny Slyvester who had fallen from a horse.

Ruth had given him the ball with a message that read: "I'll knock a homer for Wednesday's game"

Ruth then went on to hit three home runs for the NY Yankees during the game, which was during the 1926 World Series.

Ruth stayed in touch with Slyvester until his death in 1948. Sylvester's son had owned the ball which was on display in the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore.

The auction, timed to coincide with the 119th anniversary of Babe Ruth's birth, is not the biggest price reached for a signed Ruth ball.

That was $388,375 two years ago for ball given to Red Sox batter Ted Williams.

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