Babe Ruth signed bat makes $253,000 at Slugger Museum

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2015-06-26 13:03:14

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Babe Ruth signed bat makes $253,000 at Slugger Museum

An exceptional 1924 Babe Ruth signed baseball bat sold at the Louisville Slugger Museum

A baseball bat that was signed in 1924 by the legendary Babe Ruth has sold with excellent results as part of an auction at the Louisville Slugger Museum on November 10.

The bat, a Louisville Slugger 125 model, was signed: "To Jimmie Donahue Babe Ruth Dec 25, 24.", with the signatures and inscription graded 7/8 out of 10. Donahue was a former boxer and close friend of Ruth's, with the baseball star gifting many signed items to him throughout his life.

Thesignature dates from the very pinnacle of Ruth's career. In 1924 he hit .378 for his only American League batting title, led the major leagues with 46 home runs and batted in 121 runs, despite the Yankees finished two games behind the Washington Senators.

The bat displayed superb usage characteristics, including ball marks on the left barrel area and cleat marks to both sides. It sold for $220,000, as one of the finest primary sourced Babe Ruth bats available.

Babe Ruth signed 1924 baseball bat auctionDonahue received many signed gifts from Ruth during their friendship

The current world record for a Babe Ruth signed bat is held by a 1923 Louisville Slugger that Ruth used to hit the first ever home run at the Yankee Stadium. The $1.2m record pricewas set atSotheby's in 2004.

Also selling was a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed ball from 1928, which had been signed on the sweet spot by Ruth and on a side panel by Gehrig, allowing both signatues to be displayed simultaneously. The ball wasautographed as the stars passed through Iowa on the 1928 Bustin Babe's and Larrupin' Lou's Barnstorming Tour.Graded eight out of 10, it sold for $13,000.

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