A bat once used by baseball’s most legendary figure, Babe Ruth, has sold at auction for an impressive $214,000, although this pales into relative insignificance compared to the most expensive bat in history.
This latest memorabilia auction was held in Baltimore last month a day after the centenary of Ruth’s maiden appearance in Major League Baseball, and included 200 items previously used by the home run king.
The bat was in Ruth’s collection between 1916 and 1918, a time span in which he won the World Series with the Red Sox, and was found in a 150 year old house in Boston among a pile of other pre-World War 1 bats.
It was understandably one of the most coveted items at his auction, however, the successful bidder appeared to buy it at a relative snip given that another Ruth bat that sold for five times the price a decade earlier.
The bat Ruth used to hit the first home run at Yankee Stadium on the opening day of the 1923 season was purchased by MastroNet, Inc for an enormous $1,265,000 in December 2004 and remains unparalleled in the record books.
The auction this summer, organised by New Jersey based Goldin Auctions, had an item it had hoped would fetch a similar figure to the Yankees bat but, somewhat unfortunately, no bid was able to reach the reserve price.
It was the first ball ever hit out of the park by Ruth when playing for the Yankees, done so shortly before the stadium’s completion, and included his signature after personalising it for a construction worker who had fetched it.
However, it failed to even attract the minimum bid of $100,000 and was thus removed from the lot.