As we reported last month, a game-worn 1920 Yankees jersey worn by Babe Ruth goes up for bid next month, perhaps poised to set a record for Ruthiana when the auction closes. Donned by Ruth before the days of jersey numbers and just after his sale from the Boston Red Sox, the gray road flannel is being sold via SCP Auctions.
The sale of Ruth to the Yankees from the Red Sox spawned the fabled “Curse of The Bambino” which haunted the rival Boston franchise and its fans for nearly a century. In the wake of the Black Sox scandal, the Babe’s arrival in New York was exactly what the game needed at the time. In the media capital of the world, the combination of Ruth’s boundless charisma and unmatched prowess on the diamond elevated him to a level of popularity in his day greater than that of any public figure in American history. At the vanguard of the Lively Ball Era, which saw hitting reach heights not attained again until the 1990s, Ruth — the highest paid player in baseball – made such a profound impact that he also meant more money in the pockets of owners and other players alike.
The history it carries has already generated quite a bit of media attention. KTLA-TV gives us a closer look at the jersey and a couple of other items in the auction, which begins April 30 and closes May 19.