Top 10: Boston Red Sox memorabilia
The Boston Red Sox finally broke the Curse of the Bambino when they won the World Series in 2004, following an 86-year wait. The Bambino in question, was, of course, Babe Ruth, who left for the Yankees in 1919. Red Sox collectibles are among the game’s most sought after; the team has one of the longest and most-storied histories in baseball.
10. Scorecard from Cy Young’s 1904 perfect game - $19,200
There is just one known scorecard of Cy Young’s perfect game on May 5, 1904, against the Athletics.
The six-page scorecard features the game’s pre-printed line-ups and pencilled-in annotations. It sold at Sotheby’s for $19,200 in June 2005.
It was the American League’s first perfect game.
9. Ted Williams's 1955 road jersey- $36,000
A road jersey worn by 19-times All-Star left-fielder Ted Williams during the 1955 season sold for $36,000 at Sotheby’s in June 2006.
Williams spent his entire 21-year MLB career with the Rex Sox. His career was interrupted by active service in World War II and the Korean War.
8. Ted Williams's #517 home run bat - $37,500
The bat Ted Williams used to hit his 517th home run, for the Red Sox against Washington on September 2, 1960, sold for $37,500 at Robert Edward Auctions in May 2004.
Williams hit 521 home runs in total.
7. Bill Buckner “Mookie Ball”- $64,000
The Mookie Wilson-hit ball Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckman allowed to roll through his legs in game six of the World Series in 1986 was bought at auction by songwriter Seth Swirsky in 2000 for $64,000.
The Buckner error enabled the New York Mets to tie the series. They went on to win game seven.
The ball was put up for auction on eBay in October 2011 with a $1m starting price. It failed to attract a bid.
6. Babe Ruth’s 1918 signed incentive agreement - $100,000
Then known still as a pitcher, the agreement Babe Ruth signed at the beginning of the 1918 season stipulated that he would receive $1,000 if he won 24 games for the Red Sox during the year, with a further £1,000 on offer for winning 30 games.
Ruth enjoyed a strong start to the season but was then moved to the outfield, preventing him from reaching the required totals to trigger the bonus system.
The Red Sox would win the World Series that season. Ruth would leave in December the following year.
Signed by Ruth, it sold for $100,000 at Geppi's Memorabilia Road Show in October 2005.
5. Babe Ruth’s earliest known game-used baseball bat - $107,550
The earliest known game-used baseball bat by Babe Ruth sold for $107,550 at a Heritage Auctions sale in 2010.
Dating from early 1916, the Hillerich & Bradsby Co bat is thought to have been the 21-year-old’s main weapon of choice during the early part of his third season with the Red Sox.
4. Fenway Park’s first pitched ball - $132,000
The first ball pitched at Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, sold for $132,000 at Sotheby’s in June 2005.
The ball was pitched by Boston Mayor John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, the grandfather of President John F Kennedy, on April 20, 1912.
3. Red Sox 1912 World Championship trophy - $190,000
The trophy the Red Sox players presented to their player/manager Jake Stahl for winning the 1912 World Championship against the New York Giants sold for $190,000 at a Guernsey’s auction in October 2008.
2. Cy Young worn 1908 Red Sox Uniform - $657,250
A Red Sox uniform from the 1908 season, worn by pitcher Cy Young, sold for $657,250 at Heritage Auctions in August 2011.
Featuring a large red sock emblazoned with “Boston”, the grey jersey was for “road” use.
Young holds the MLB record for most wins, with 512. It is a record that looks unlikely to be challenged in these days of heavy pitcher rotation.
1. Babe Ruth's 1919 New York Yankees contract - $996,000
The contract that took Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees in December 1919 is the most expensive baseball document ever auctioned.
It was sold by Sotheby’s in New York in June 2005 for $996,000 to Gotta Have It! owner Peter Siegel, who described it as “an historical jewel, a diamond”.
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