Shocking Babe Ruth Photo In Auction Thrills High-End Sports Collectors

Babe Ruth was a champion in all facets of his life. He was one of the game’s best pitchers before switching to the outfield. His prolific and epic clouts have no equals in baseball history. Away from the diamond, he wolfed down 18-egg omelets and chug-a-lugged boiler makers, one after another, as if they were ice teas. America’s beloved boor even liked to show off a trophy won in a flatulence contest. “Read the writing on it,” he told a teammate’s wife. “Boy, I had to down a lot of beer and limburger to win that one.”

I wonder what that trophy would fetch today in auction at a time when Ruth holds the all-time record for sports memorabilia, $4.4 million 1920 Yankees jersey (sold by SCP Auctions in 2012), and his rookie card and signed baseballs sell for tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. I also wonder what the game-used cigars he smoked each time he made love might command. In Robert Creamer’s classic biography, Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, there’s a story, probably apocryphal, about a roommate inquiring how many times Ruth worked his magic with a girl the prior night. “Count the cigars,” Ruth replied. There were seven butts in the ash tray.

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