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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Babe Ruth’s bat used for 500th homer hits auction block

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bat used by Babe Ruth to slug his 500th career home run in 1929 is going up for auction, nearly 75 years after he gave it to a friend whose family has kept it ever since.

Ruth became the first player to reach the coveted plateau on Aug. 11, 1929, hitting a solo shot for the New York Yankees off Willis Hudlin at League Park in Cleveland.

In the mid-1940s, Ruth gave the bat to his friend Jim Rice, who was mayor of Suffern, New York. Ruth and Rice enjoyed golfing, bowling and dining together, and Ruth was a regular visitor to the Rice household, where he came to know Jim’s wife, Ethyl, and their children. Rice once beat Ruth in five straight games of bowling.

Terry Rice, an attorney in Suffern and Jim’s only son, is selling the bat. Born two years after Ruth died in 1948, Rice more closely associates Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra with the Yankees of his youth, but he remembers Ruth’s bat sat in the corner behind the television in the family’s den.

Sadly, there’s no evidence that Ruth gave away the bat because he feared Jim Rice…..


QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: auction, babe ruth, bat, memorabilia

Monday, September 09, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-9-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 9, 1919:

Boston defeated New York in both sections of a double header here [yesterday], the scores being 3 to 1 and 3 to 0.

In the eighth inning of the first game, Ruth hit a home run in the right field for his twenty-sixth home run of the year, breaking the established major league record. Freeman of the Washington National League club, had held the record for years when he hit 25 home runs in 1899.

Clearly a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. It’s tough to imagine anyone hitting more than 26 or 27 home runs in a season.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 09, 2019 at 10:34 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-21-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, May 21, 1919:


Ruth’s terrific drive over the right field fence with the bases filled, checked St. Louis yesterday, Boston winning 6 to 4.

That was Ruth’s first of eight career grand slams. He also pitched a complete game 100 years ago yesterday because he was Babe Ruth and that’s what he did. In related news on the same page:

From now on Babe Ruth will be primarily a pitcher and will cavort in the outfield only in emergencies or on special occasions. Manager Barrow reached this decision a few days ago.

Ruth had a desire this spring to become a regular outfielder so that he could murder pitchers’ offerings every day in the week. His ability to do said murdering was not questioned, but his class as an outfielder was. Added to this was the fact that eventually his regular playing in the garden might injure his pitching ability.

Despite this report, Ruth continued to split time between left field and the pitcher’s mound for most of the rest of 1919.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 21, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Babe Ruth rookie card sells for $130K after being discovered in an old piano

After being discovered along with more than 100 other vintage trading cards inside an old piano, a 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card sold for more than $130,000 this week.

For many years, Ruth’s rookie card wasn’t nearly as valuable as other items from fellow MLB legends such as Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, according to the card’s auction website. In fact, Beckett Goodwin, the card’s auction house, estimated it would sell for half the price it eventually went for, per the New York Post’s Jordi Lippe-McGraw. The same Ruth card—in better condition—went for $38,837 in 2009.

The Ruth rookie card depicts the longtime New York Yankees slugger during his days as a Boston Red Sox pitcher.

For those curious, it’s an M101-4, often described as “Sporting News” after an advertiser often seen on the back, but not the original issuer.


QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, baseball cards, piano




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