THE DAVID WELLS COLLECTION
David Lee Wells, better known to friends and fans as “Boomer”, is widely considered to be one of the game’s best left-handed pitchers in the last two decades. A three-time All-Star, Wells racked up an impressive 239 career wins over twenty-one seasons. Boomer was especially effective during his years with the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays where he posted win totals of 18 and 20 in 1998 and 2000 respectively, finishing third in Cy Young voting both seasons. Wells etched his name in baseball history books indelibly on May 17, 1998 when he pitched the fifteenth perfect game in baseball history. A two-time World Champion (1992 and 1998), Wells is tied only with Kenny Lofton for appearing in the post-season with six different teams.
Long before making baseball history of his own, David Wells held a deeply rooted passion for the history of the game. That passion, most notably for his idol, Babe Ruth, prompted Boomer to amass a world-class collection of historic baseball artifacts. Built predominantly over last twenty years, Boomer’s collection covers many different eras and categories, from the deadball era to the Negro Leagues to mementos from Wells’ teammates and contemporaries. Without a doubt, however, the collection has a heavy Ruthian essence, with the center piece being one of the finest Babe Ruth game worn Yankees caps in existence. Wells made the cap famous on June 28, 1997, in the House That Ruth Built when he wore it to take the mound in honor of his hero. The following six lots (947-942) represent a significant sampling of items from the David Wells Collection, including the magnificent and renowned Babe Ruth cap.