The Babe’s final flannels headline the annual sports memorabilia auction at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum.
Hunt Auctions returns to Kentucky next month for the annual Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory auction. A game worn Babe Ruth 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers road uniform will highlight the sale of vintage sports memorabilia, set for Saturday, November 15.
It is Ruth’s last major league road uniform, worn as a coach during his final year in professional baseball. Hunt Auctions officials expect the uniform to sell for $150,000-$200,000.
The heavy gray flannel set comes from Ruth’s lone season coaching with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and features a Spalding jersey and matching pants, both of which include Ruth’s full name in chain stitch. The uniform shirt displays the blue Dodgers team name across the front, and Ruth’s uniform number "35" on the back. The jersey remains in completely original condition, and exhibits the light to moderate use consistent with Ruth’s position as the Brooklyn Dodger’s first base coach.
“Owning this truly rare item is akin to owning a piece of history from the man who almost single handedly restored the game of baseball to glory,” said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions. “Ruth ended his illustrious career in baseball as a coach, though his dream had always been to become a Major League manager.”
The other headlining item on the auction block is boxer Rocky Graziano’s 1947 World Middleweight Championship belt (est. $50,000-75,000). The belt is the pinnacle piece representing the storied career of Rocky Graziano, whose defeat of Tony Zale to win the World Championship title has often been described as the greatest rivalry in boxing history. The belt is from the very fight celebrated by Graziano in his autobiography, and later made into a movie “Somebody Up There Likes Me” starring Paul Newman.
Hunt says the belt "not only represents the greatest fight in one of boxing’s most storied careers, but moreover, a definitive fight in boxing history.” As the underdog, Graziano won this coveted title in a 6th round knock-out against Zale.
Additional baseball memorabilia items in the 850+ lot auction include a Ty Cobb professional model baseball bat c.1925-28 (est. $40,000-$60,000), a Jackie Robinson professional model baseball bat c.1950-51 ($40,000-$50,000), 1978 Thurman Munson road jersey (est. $20,000-$30,000), and a 1919 Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb autographed baseball ($15,000-$20,000).
Among the vintage baseball cards to be offered is a 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams, graded SGC 88. One of only two to reach the near mint level on SGC’s scale, the card carries a $30,000-40,000 pre-sale estimate.
Bids for the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction may be made live and in person at the auction, via phone or online. More information and a list of items being offered is also available online.
In addition to the auction, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will host a variety of baseball related auction events from Wednesday, November 12th thru Saturday, November 15th during its fifth annual Auction Week. Auction items will be on display for museum visitors beginning Wednesday morning, Nov. 12th. Hunt Auctions and its team of nationally recognized experts will also conduct complimentary appraisals Nov. 12th-14th during museum hours. Select items from the appraisal fair may be consigned to the live auction