It’s one of only a few items connected with the Curse of the Bambino and now an 84 year-old Babe Ruth bat–autographed to a starlet–is on the block.
They were two of the era’s big stars–Babe Ruth and Tessa Kosta. One we’re sure you’ve heard of, but the other was a big deal too. In fact, the two 1920s stars are joined at the hip on a valuable piece of baseball history.
A Babe Ruth bat, autographed to the actress who was married to one of the producers of the Broadway musical "No, No, Nanette" in 1924, is being sold at the All Star Fan Fest auction in New York.
Ruth, as fans know, was sold from the Red Sox to the Yankees in 1920 after Bosox owner Harry Frazee ran short of money. The rest is Yankee history with the Babe blossoming into a sports and cultural icon while the Red Sox suffered for generations. Frazee used the money from the Ruth sale to help finance "No, No, Nanette".
The bat, personalized to Kosta, stayed in the family for generations, according to the New York Post.
Now, it’s one of the featured items in the sale to be conducted by Hunt Auctions during All Star week.