The Babe Ruth autographed baseball obtained by a young Ted Williams was pulled when the Director of the Ted Williams Museum spotted it in a Mastro Auction a few months ago. Now, the ball is back with the late Hall of Famer’s family and about to go on display as the Williams Museum moves to Tampa, Florida. The Tampa-St. Pete Fox affiliate has the full story.
Earlier this winter, you may have seen the story about the ball Ruth signed for Williams in the late 1930s. Stolen from Williams residence about 20 years ago, it resurfaced again recently when a consignor handed it off.
But the theft hadn’t been forgotten by Dave McCarthy, curator of the Williams Museum. Mastro pulled the ball and Williams’ legal team got it back. Williams’ daughter Claudia spoke exclusively with WTVT about the ball and the story also includes a 1998 interview with Williams himself discussing the moment he had it signed by the Babe. Enjoy the story from Fox 13 (except maybe the part about Doubleday inventing baseball).