It’s been more than a century since Babe Ruth started his baseball career, but the Bambino is still breaking records.
A jersey worn by Yankees icon Babe Ruth around 1928-30 sold for $5.64 million, a record price for sports memorabilia, during the Babe Ruth Collection auction at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, according to Hunt Auctions. The previous mark of $4.4 million was set by a 1920 Ruth jersey.
The Babe it still breaking records! Jersey worn by @mlb and @Yankees icon Babe Ruth c. 1928-30 sets a world record price of $5,640,000 for any piece of sports memorabilia!! Live auction at @yankeestadium still has the mythical presence of the Bambino #Yankees #SultanofSwat pic.twitter.com/4yFirdcjK6— Hunt Auctions (@HuntAuctions) 15 June 2019
The auction was made up of more than 400 items of vintage and modern baseball memorabilia including hundreds of items Ruth’s family chose to release to the public.
“For many years, we cherished the items within his personal collection and have been blessed to represent his legacy through our many family endeavors,” Linda Ruth Tosetti, granddaughter of Babe Ruth told one of the NEWS channels.
“The decision to share items from his personal collection was made with careful consideration and the intent to further his legacy within a new generation of baseball fans. Babe’s collection has remained largely unknown to the general public, and we felt it was time to bring these amazing pieces of his life to light. There could be no other place to showcase these items than Yankee Stadium, and we are also thrilled to be able to benefit related charitable entities through the sale of these items.”
The grey jersey with YANKEES emblazoned across the chest had the highest bidder keeping his hands on.
“It’s a superlative piece of American history, not just sports history,” David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, said at the Stadium on Thursday. “It embodies everything about baseball history, about collecting, iconic people, pop culture, you name it.”
Proceeds will go to the family itself as well as its charitable endeavours.
Ruth, who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball between 1914 and 1935, is widely regarded as the greatest baseball player in history, winning seven World Series.