For those who love baseball history, it was nothing short of awesome. For those who believe in strict uniform regulations, it was a fineable offense.
When Yankees pitcher David Wells put on a decades-old Babe Ruth cap in June of 1997, then trotted out to the mound to start the game, it was a little piece of the Babe was back in action. It was a plucky move by the often irreverent Wells, a guy who does indeed relish the game’s storied past. He wound up getting fined by manager Joe Torre, who made him take it off.
Now, 15 years later, Wells has decided to put the cap and a number of other items he owns, up for auction. He’s consigned them to SCP Auctions, which is offering them in the catalog sale they will open today.
Wells bought the cap for $35,000 but it’s expected to sell for a much higher price (how many other caps have been worn in two big league games six decades apart?).
But why sell?
Wells told the New York Times in this story that he’s not getting rid of his memorabilia collection entirely, just selling some of it for logistical reasons…and to raise money for his alma mater’s baseball field.