19 - 20 October 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 100,000
Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000
GEORGE “BABE” RUTH PROFESSIONAL MODEL BAT
A Hillerich & Bradsby, ‘His 2-3-32’ model number bat dating from the 1932 labeling period with the signature George “Babe” Ruth emblazoned upon the barrel. Composed of White Hickory, the bat exhibits moderate use with ball marks on the left and back of the barrel and cleat marks on the front of the barrel. The left barrel contact area is common to Babe Ruth bats, as Ruth was a label down hitter resulting in left barrel contact area for a left-handed hitter. Hall of Famer George “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948) played for the New York Yankees from 1920-1934, during the labeling period of the offered bat. Records list Ruth ordering 22 hickory bats during the 1932 season, 16 of which were composed of White Hickory. Of those 16, three can be identified as model ‘His 2-3-32’. Authenticated and graded by PSA/DNA GU 8.
34 7/8 in.
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