The Personal Collection of Babe Ruth
at Public Auction

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Location:
Yankee Stadium
1 E 161st St. Bronx, NY 10451



Hunt Auctions is honored to announce a highly significant offering of historic baseball artifacts and personal materials from the collection of New York Yankees' legend, Babe Ruth. The collection has largely remained unknown to the general public and includes hundreds of pieces relating to the life and career of the most iconic player in the history of the game.

Babe Ruth ascended to the highest pinnacle in the sport of baseball from humble beginnings as a troubled young boy who entered St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys at the age of 7. Ruth quickly became noticed as an outstanding young player under the guidance of Brother Mathias Boutlier and was signed by Baltimore Orioles owner, Jack Dunn, in 1914. After brief Minor League stints with Baltimore and Providence clubs, Babe Ruth began his Major League Baseball career with the Boston Red Sox. Ruth would go on to play for 22 years primarily with the Red Sox and famously the New York Yankees after a sale to the team in 1920. His acumen as a dominant pitcher and penchant to hit tape measure home runs quite literally changed the manner in which the game was played. Babe would end his career in 1935 with statistics and a resume that had not previously been seen in the game of baseball: 714 Home Runs, .342 batting average, 2,213 Runs Batted In, Seven Time World Champion, 12 Time AL Home Run leader, and election into the inaugural class of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

While the career accomplishments of Babe Ruth on the field rank at the highest level of achievement, it was his general popularity and larger-than-life character that cemented his legacy as a seminal figure in the history of American popular culture. Ruth lived his life just as he played it on the field, with a charisma not seen before-or since-in American sports. Babe became the most popular figure in the country during the roaring 1920s era inclusive of numerous off the field business endorsements. Through all of Ruth's popularity, he never forgot his humble beginnings and consistently devoted time to charitable causes-particularly those relating to the needs of children. It is due in no small part to the beloved icon's status, honored by generations of fans, that he remains the most popular athlete in American history.

The live auction will take place at Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 with a number of additional special advance preview events in planning. Fittingly for an auction celebrating the life and legacy of Babe Ruth, a portion of the proceeds will benefit several related charities.


Highlight Items from the Ruth Collection will include:



Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats


Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece


Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy


Lou Gehrig Photograph inscribed to Babe Ruth


1930-31 Babe Ruth New York Yankees Player's Contract


Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed and Inscribed Photo


Third Party Consignments

With permission of the Ruth family and additional related charitable donations, an extremely limited number of elite-level New York Yankees related items will be accepted for consignment. Additional auction consignments will be accepted on a first-come basis and are subject to approval by Hunt Auctions and the Ruth family. For consignment requests and inquiries please email Carolyn McCann carolyn@huntauctions.com or 610.524.0822


Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" barnstorming equipment travel case c.1920s


1923 New York Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy


1923 New York Yankees World Champions team autographed ledger sheet

Bidding Inquiries:
Hunt Auctions
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