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1920s Babe Ruth Barnstorming Cap Part of Auction

A 1920s barnstorming cap worn by Babe Ruth will be among the items at the upcoming Platinum Night event held by Heritage Auctions.

The cap is owned by the descendants of a young pastry chef for a noted Santa Barbara, California hotel when Ruth and his group of traveling major leaguers visited during the off-season of 1927 or ‘28.  Ruth had given the cap to the woman while on a west coast swing.  Ruth and Lou Gehrig were the stars of the tour during the series of games between the ‘Bustin Babes’ and the ‘Larrupin’ Lous’.

Ruth, Gehrig, Christy WalshLast offered in 2008, it will be among 100 higher end items inBabe Ruth Barnstorming cap the auction, scheduled to take place August 1 at the Muvico Theatre during the week of the National Sports Collectors Convention.

The one of a kind white cap features a black visor with “BB” on the front and Ruth’s name stitched in the leather headband.  It’s one of few surviving artifacts from Ruth’s winter barnstorming excursions.

Other items in the auction include a1915 and 1921 World Series press pins, game worn jerseys from Stan Musial, Roger Maris and Jim Bunning and a jersey attributed to the tragic career of Chicago Bears’ running back Brian Piccolo.

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