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Babe Ruth Jersey Sells For $4.4 million

Babe Ruth Jersey Sells For $4.4 million

Associated Press

Babe Ruth equals big bucks.

A baseball jersey worn by The Bambino sold for more than $4.4 million Sunday, a record for any item of sports memorabilia, according to the buyer and seller.

SCP Auctions, based in California, said the circa 1920 New York Yankees uniform top is the earliest known jersey worn by Ruth and it fetched $4,415,658 at the company’s April auction, which ended Sunday. That price broke the previous record of $4,338,500 set in 2010 for James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball.

Lelands.com said it submitted the winning bid for the jersey, which had been displayed for years at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore. The road top has “New York” written across the front and the Hall of Fame slugger wore it shortly after he was sold to the Yankees by the Boston Red Sox for $100,000 following the 1919 season.

Suzan French, a spokeswoman for Lelands.com, said the company plans to sell the jersey privately rather than re-auction it.

“Such a spectacular piece will find a home with one of our private clients who truly appreciates its historic significance,” Lelands.com president Michael Heffner said in a statement.

Ruth retired in 1935 with 714 home runs, the major league record for nearly 40 years. Hank Aaron broke that mark and then was passed by Barry Bonds, who finished with 762.

In addition, Ruth’s 1934 New York Yankees cap that was owned by former major league pitcher David Wells sold for $537,278 at auction. The colorful Wells bought the cap for about $30,000 from a collector and famously paid homage to his idol by wearing it on the mound with the Yankees during a game on June 28, 1997.

Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s New York Giants Super Bowl ring from the 1990 season went for $230,401.

Those items also set records, for a baseball cap and a Super Bowl ring, SCP Auctions said.

“This proves again that Babe Ruth is ‘king’ in the sports memorabilia world,” SCP Auctions president David Kohler said in a statement.

Also included in the auction was the high-end baseball card collection belonging to former big league All-Star Dmitri Young. Top prices were a 1954 Hank Aaron rookie card ($537,954) and a 1955 Roberto Clemente rookie card ($432,690). The proceeds will help Young begin a foundation to help kids and student athletes near his home in Ventura County, Calif., SCP Auctions said.

Other auction highlights included:

•  1924-28 Babe Ruth H&B professional model game-used bat ($591,007).

•  1968 Mickey Mantle autographed New York Yankees game-worn road jersey ($366,967).

•  Circa 1931 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees game-worn home jersey ($275,706).

•  Bobby Thomson’s 1951 “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” cap ($173,102).

•  Jackie Robinson 1950 All-Star game professional model bat ($133,234).

Celebrity First Pitch – Rickey Henderson

As part of ‘Rickey Henderson Weekend’ last week in Oakland, the A’s gave the newest member of the Hall of Fame the chance to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

Of course Rickey obliged and as usual he thrilled the crowd that was watching!!!

Did You Know…

During a game on July 15, 1973, California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan was working on his second career no-hitter.  Detroit Tigers first baseman Norm Cash, who was already a strikeout victim twice that night, went to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs using a sawed-off leg of an old table from the clubhouse instead of a bat.  Although the fans loved it, the stunt drew immediate action from the umpire, who ordered Cash to use a legal bat.

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**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – I love the light-hearted side of this sport.  If something of this magnitude happened in today’s game it would make headlines across the globe!!!

Pictures From Rickey Henderson’s Jersey Retirement Ceremony!!!

What a great day for Rickey Henderson, the Oakland Athletics, and the fans!!!

Last night Rickey’s #24 was retired by the A’s and Rickey has once again joined some pretty elite company in the baseball world.

Here are a few pictures from the ceremony:

Rickey holding a trophy presented by Jason Giambi

Rickey holding a trophy presented by Jason Giambi

A golden base.  Fitting for the game's greatest runner!

A golden base. Fitting for the game's greatest runner!

"I am the Greatest" - Take 2

"I am the Greatest" - Take 2

Rickey throwing out the first pitch.  Yes, I want video!!!

Rickey throwing out the first pitch. Yes, I want video!!!

President Henderson blowing kisses to the crowd...

President Henderson blowing kisses to the crowd...

The setting.

The setting.

The perfect way to remember 'The Man'!!!

The perfect way to remember 'The Man'!!!

Rickey, his base, and his jersey = Baseball Perfection

Rickey, his base, and his jersey = Baseball Perfection

 

 Congratulations Rickey!!!  Another wonderful way for us to honor your commitment and excellence in the the game!!!

Rickey Henderson Gets His Jersey Retired Today!!!

It has been a hell of a week for Mr. Henderson.  From Hall of Fame enshrinement in Cooperstown last weekend to Oakland for the retirement of his #24 A’s jersey later tonight.

All of these honors are fitting for one of the most decorated and talented players to suit up for a major league baseball club in the last fifty years.

henderson jersey

A true original that will never be outmatched, Rickey Henderson absolutely deserves this honor!!!  I will be sure to post pictures from the big event as soon as they are available.

Congratulations Rickey!!!

My Email To Peter Gammons

Jersey retirement has been on my mind constantly over the last two months.  I started to think about it quite often once the Cubs retired the #31 of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux.  But my fascination with one of baseball’s greatest honors did not start there.  During the infancy stages of this blog I wrote an entry about why I think the Chicago Cubs should retire #17 which was worn by Mark Grace.  And during ‘Andre Dawson Day’, I blogged about his Expos jersey that had been retired and is now unfortunately meaningless.  Just this past week, the Atlanta Braves retired Greg Maddux’s jersey and the Oakland A’s are making plans to retire Rickey Henderson’s jersey in just a few short weeks.

So that has all led me up to this.  Last month Wade Boggs celebrated his birthday and the ‘gift’ he received from ’30-YOC’ was to finally get his jersey retired by the Boston Red Sox.  To be quite honest, I was shocked that this had not already occurred and it has been on my mind ever since.

I set out to get answers and below is my email to baseball’s ‘Answer Man’ Peter Gammons.  If I hear back from him, I will be sure to publish the results for you here.

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Have a burning baseball question? Ask Peter Gammons. ESPN’s baseball guru answers users’ questions through this mailbox. His answers are posted on his Web site and on other related ESPN.com pages. Use the form below to ask a question — keep it short and clean, and check back to see if it’s answered! Your question:

 Hi Peter- Can you provide any insight as to why the Red Sox have not retired Wade Boggs’ jersey? Thank you.

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Dawson’s Jersey Deserves To Be Hanging Somewhere!!!

Prior to shutting down their operations and moving to Washington DC to be renamed the Washington Nationals, the Montreal Expos had retired Andre Dawson’s #10 jersey.  A special honor held for baseball’s elite players, this gesture by the team showed just how much Dawson meant to the team over the course of his 11 seasons North of the border.

While this was a very special acknowledgement, the lasting impact of it faded quickly.  When the Expos became the Nationals back in 2005 they put the three retired Expos numbers right back into the available list of numbers that a player could select. 

Overnight, the tributes to the three greatest Expos players of All-time vanished – no more tributes to Andre Dawson or Gary Carter or Tim Raines.  What a terrible way to erase the impact these three players had on that franchise.

While Dawson’s greatest single season came as a member of the Chicago Cubs, he had his greatest successes while playing in Montreal.  And although I would personally love to see it, I doubt that Andre’s 6 years in Chicago or 2 years in Boston or 2 years in Florida are enough to get his number retired by any of those teams.

This whole thing is a shame, and it’s terrible that what ‘The Hawk’ did for the Expos has basically been erased.

If my Home Owner’s Association was not so strict I would paint a huge white circle on the side of my house and add a ’10’ smack-dab in the middle!!!! 

Dawson jersey

Did You Know…

Nolan Ryan is the only pitcher to have his number retired on three different teams: the California Angels, the Houston Astros, and the Texas Rangers.

Ryan

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – This is an impressive fact.  While I try to favor players that stay with 1 team for the duration of their careers, Ryan continued to prove that he was worthy of a roster spot and impressed us with his dedication throughout his career.

Did You Know??

In 1960, Bill Veeck of the Chicago White Sox became the first owner to put players’ names on the back of their uniforms?

Chicago White Sox Authentic 1968 Luis Aparicio Home Jersey by Mitchell & Ness - MLB.com Shop

*factoid courtesy of  ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’