Circa 1919 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat (36")
A scepter of divine status, there is none higher. With this lumber, Babe Ruth took the Major Leagues by storm, defining the term, “hero worship”, blessing the sport of baseball with never before seen feats of greatness and leaving fans completely mystified. The legacy of baseball’s original Sultan is still alive and kicking, the fervor of which has endured nearly 70 years after his exit from the game. With this Hillerich & Bradsby 125, Ruth would begin the most heralded Hall of Fame career ever known. The date of the Hillerich & Bradsby 125 is Circa 1919 (as is evidenced by the very faint side writing on the barrel), making this the earliest known authentic Ruth bat ever to come to the auction block, used during his playing days with the Boston Red Sox. As it is known, The Babe started out as a pitcher in the Minors, and pitched for the Sox, establishing himself as the best hitting pitcher in history. A splendid all-around athlete, he also established an incredible lifetime ERA of 2.28 and a World Series record of 29 consecutive scoreless innings, a standing record for 42 years. Although it wasn’t until he reached New York that he hit 54, 59, and eventually 60 home runs in 1927, Babe Ruth posted an outstanding .307 batting average as a pitcher in Boston. And as you can tell from the use on this bat, he certainly created a lot more offensive action than any other pitcher in history. The bat was well used and has darkened with age (some evidence of “deadwood” as well), boasting traces of marks left by balls and seams as well as several nicks from Babe Ruth’s spikes. The cracked handle tells a tale all its own. Signature model boasts his stamped facsimile signature on the barrel and the dash-dot-dash stamping on the H&B logo. The remnants of the original mailing stamps are still clearly visible on the bat's handle. These stamps were applied directly to the bat, when the player sent the bat back to the factory. This practice allowed future bats to be modeled exactly to the specifications of the one previous. There are even remnants of the original mailing label still visible on the barrel. Emanating from the biggest baseball collection in the world, the famed Barry Halper collection, this is arguably the most important piece of equipment from baseball’s ultimate idol.