Babe Ruth's Jersey Sells for $5.64 million at Auction

Babe Ruth's Jersey Sells for $5.64 million at Auction

The Babe is still breaking records! This one, however, was a home run out of the ballpark, setting the record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. Babe Ruth’s New York Yankees jersey from 1928-1930 for $5.64 million. The gray road uniform was one of more than 400 items that Ruth’s family and other collectors supplied for the auction at Yankee Stadium. The road jersey was rare because it was the only time in franchise history when “Yankees” appeared on the front of the uniform. There’s only about six of these known of any quality. The sale was handled by Hunt’s Auctions. The previous record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia sold was set by a Ruth jersey from 1920, which went for $4,415,658.
“The legacy and significance of Babe Ruth to the game of baseball and American popular culture is unmatched by any other figure in the history of this country,” Hunt Auctions president David Hunt said in a statement. “We were completely humbled for this opportunity afforded to our company by the Ruth family to present this previously unknown archive of materials to Babe’s adoring fans.”
“While the record-setting prices attained today are certainly astonishing, I am not surprised at all given the incredible materials and the mythical status the Babe holds in the history of this country,” he added.
The jersey is from what has become known as the [1920s] Murderers’ Row’-era, the nickname of the heart of the Yankees lineup in 1927 that included Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri. It is widely considered as one of the best teams in history.

Babe Ruth’s Jersey Sells for $5.64 million at Auction