Babe Ruth homerun ball to feature at Heritage on July 31
Babe Ruth hit the homerun ball the day after Dillinger was shot in Chicago in 1934
A Babe Ruth homerun ball is among the lead lots at Heritage Auctions’ Sports Collectibles Platinum Nights sale in Cleveland on July 31.
The lot is valued in excess of $200,000.
Ruth slugged the ball in Chicago on July 23, 1934, achieving his 702nd home run, with the game taking place the day after the killing of the infamous outlaw John Dillinger outside the city’s Biograph Theater.
The lot was bought from a steward by IF “Neats” Lano, a resident of Long Prairie, Minnesota, for the sum of $1. Lano managed to get Ruth to autograph the ball to his son. It reads: “To Billy from Babe Ruth”.
Back home in Long Prairie the local paper reported: "Mr. and Mrs. I.F. Lano and Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Sheets returned Saturday following a week's visit in Chicago where they attended the Century of Progress and incidentally witnessed the New York Yankees defeat the Chicago White Sox, a feature of the game being the return of Babe Ruth to the Yankee lineup and celebrated by the great Babe planting homerun (sic) No. 701 in the bleachers.
“It is rumoured Mr. Lano finally got his hands on the ball and succeeded in having Mr. Ruth autograph it for his son..."
The sale will also feature the gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in his “Fight of the Century” bout against Joe Frazier and a cap worn by Lou Gehrig during the 1934 season.
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