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Lot 431

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Lot Number: 431

Description: Rare 1957 Ted Williams "Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Award" for outstanding batting achievement. Brass crown shaped award was made famous by Babe Ruth who donned a similar crown during the 1920s. The award was created in 1956 by the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association to be presented to the player with the highest slugging percentage. Ted Williams was presented with the award for the exceptional season he had in 1957 with a batting average of .388 and a slugging percentage of .731 both of which led the American League. The crown itself has a high quality polished brass finish with embossed and incised brass lettering on the front reading, "Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Award Presented to Ted Williams For Outstanding Batting Achievement 1957 Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association". The six 'points' of the crown each retain their original colored glass gemstones inset onto baseball shaped diamond fields. The body of the crown is inscribed with Williams' career statistics and accolades including the American League Most Valuable Player award for 1946 and 1949. The Sultan of Swat presentational crown award has become one of the most revered in baseball likely due to its link to the mythical Babe Ruth. The list of other crown award recipients reads like the Hall of Fame roll call incl. DiMaggio, Mantle, Aaron, Mays, and Banks. Very highly sought after figural award is one of only a handful to have entered the marketplace and remains in nearly pristine original condition. 7" tall: NM

Estimated Price Range: ($50,000-$75,000)

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