Ruth's earliest Yankees pinstripes to auction at Grey Flannel



2015-06-26 13:03:37

Ruth's earliest Yankees pinstripes to auction at Grey Flannel

Bidding on Babe Ruth's earliest known New York Yankees pinstripes ends on December 12

Pinstripes are synonymous with the New York Yankees. So it's no surprise that the earliest known pair of pinstripes worn by Babe Ruth should be causing such a stir.

Babe Ruth Yankees pinstripes Grey Flannel Auctions Ruth went five for five in the 1921 season opener, wearing these very pinstripes

The game-worn flannel pants, sported by The Bambino on the opening day of the 1921 season, are set to sell at Grey Flannel Auctions' online sale, which runs from November 19 to December 12.

Stemming from his more svelte days, the size "42" waist pants bear the name "Ruth" embroidered below the "A.G. Spalding Bros" manufacturer's label.

They include an extra eight and a half inches of material added by the Yankees, which enabled Ruth to roll up the legs and tuck them into his stirrup socks.

Featuring multiple photo matches, the lot's attraction to bidders is further enhanced by Ruth's performance that day - he went five for five, with two RBIs in an 11-1 win over the Philadelphia Athletics at New York's Polo Grounds.

And then there's the superb provenance; the pants originally came from Claire Ruth, his second wife, in 1974.

Babe Ruth Yankees pinstripes Grey Flannel Auctions The embroidered Ruth name adds to the items appeal

"A true piece of American and baseball history that you can reach out and touch; directly linked to the greatest player of all time," says Grey Flannel.

We are expecting a strong performance from the item based on auction precedents.

The earliest known Babe Ruth game-used jersey, from the Yankees' 1920 season, sold for $4.4m in May of this year, becoming the most valuable piece of sports memorabilia ever auctioned in the process.

That same sale also set a new record for a sports cap, when a Ruth Yankees cap from the 1930s selling for $537,278.

We will bring you further news from the auction over the coming weeks, here at Paul Fraser Collectibles.

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