In addition to his slugging prowess, Babe Ruth was the consummate showman. Ruth liked being the center of attention, and even after his retirement in 1935, the Bambino remained popular. That popularity is a central theme behind one of four items from the Ruth family that SCP Auctions will be putting up for sale in its 2017 Winter Premier, which runs from Jan. 4-21. All four tell a great deal about Ruth, but it is the custom-made flannel uniform Ruth wore in 1938 to promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair that will draw the most interest because the slugger wore it.
SCP Auctions is pleased to announce that it has secured four incredibly rare, never-before-offered at auction items directly from the family of Babe Ruth that will be up for bid in the company’s upcoming 2017 Winter Premier, which starts Wed., Jan. 4, and ends on Sat., January 21. Beyond their impeccable Ruth Family provenance, the pieces each tell a separate story about the man who became known as the “Sultan of Swat” and held Major League Baseball’s all-time career home run record (714) for nearly 40 years.
The first piece is a one-of-a-kind, custom-made “NEW YORK” flannel uniform manufactured by A.G. Spalding & Bros. that Ruth wore in 1938 at several stops to help promote the 1939-40 New York City World’s Fair. Sporting special “Trylon,” “Perisphere” and “1939” patches on both the right and left sleeves, the uniform touted the fast-approaching World’s Fair event and thanks to Ruth’s jovial antics – whether riding atop parade floats, showing up at business meetings in uniform or even conducting batting clinics wearing his New York World’s Fair uniform – the Fair attracted more than 44 million people to its exhibits over two seasons!
The second item, a beautiful, hand-crafted baseball-themed wooden chest, was awarded to Ruth in 1930 following the New York Yankees 1929 exhibition visit to Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. On Sept. 5, 1929, Ruth – the consummate showman – and his reigning World Series champion Yankee teammates including Lou Gehrig, played an exhibition game against a prison team called the “Black Sheep.” When all the dust had settled, Ruth, who launched three home runs that day, and the Yankees emerged victorious, 15-3. The prisoners were so enamored with Ruth’s affable nature and heroic feats with a baseball bat that they constructed the aforementioned wooden chest which no doubt required months of painstakingly putting it together. The double-hinged cedar chest, which measures 37” long by 19” wide by 21.5” high, features a pair of inlaid baseball diamonds on its surface which are labeled “Nat. League” and “Am. League,” respectively.
The third item is a beautifully crafted, hand-carved wooden folk art statue of Ruth from 1933 that stands 22” tall on a base that measures 7.5” wide by 7.5” deep. It too has a baseball-theme to it and features a pair of Ruth hand-carved portraits, four small baseball bats and two baseballs.
The fourth item is a personal scrapbook that was created for Ruth by sports agent Christy Walsh in the early 1920’s. It includes numerous of newspaper clippings covering the 1921 and ’22 Yankee seasons and its pages measure 15” high by 13” wide. Bidding begins on Wed., Jan. 4th, at SCP Auctions. -Terry Melia
Joe DiMaggio and Thurman Munson were great players who led the Yankees to World Series titles, but they didn’t have much in common besides their commitment to excellence. The graceful DiMaggio made everything he did look effortless, while Munson was a gruff beer can of a man who barked and sometimes even brawled with teammates. But that hasn’t stopped a Southern California sports memorabilia auction house from offering uniforms from their final Major League Baseball seasons.
SCP Auctions is pleased to present a pair of extremely rare game-worn uniforms from the final season campaigns of two New York Yankees legends – Joe DiMaggio (1951) and Thurman Munson (1979) – as part of its 2015 Fall Premier online auction. The uniforms originate from the estate collections of both players and include documentation from the DiMaggio and Munson families, respectively. Bidding, which began on Wed., Nov. 18, and concludes on Sat., Dec. 5 at www.scpauctions.com, is currently climbing toward the $250,000 mark combined for the two vintage ensembles with expectations of doubling that figure by the close of auction.
The ’51 DiMaggio road uniform originates from the Yankee Clipper’s personal collection of career mementos and is one of only two DiMaggio uniforms in the world with direct player provenance. The jersey is simply stunning in its understated DiMaggio-like elegance. Remarkably well preserved, both pieces show light, but definite game use, retaining near-perfect overall presentation quality that defies the imagination. From 1936-1951, minus three years served in the service during World War II, DiMaggio gave his all to the New York Yankees, helping the team win nine World Series championships. In 13 MLB seasons he amassed 361 homers, averaged 118 RBI annually and compiled a .325 lifetime batting mark. His 1941 MLB record of hitting safely in 56 consecutive games may never be broken. The bidding for the Yankee Clipper’s coveted heirloom is expected to approach $500,000.
The bittersweet Munson uniform from the ’79 season, meanwhile, was worn by the former Yankee team captain just days before he perished in his untimely plane crash at the Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio on August 2, 1979. He was just 32 years old. One of the finest all-around catchers of his era and another in a long line of legendary Yankees players, Munson was the 1970 American League Rookie of the Year, a six-time All-Star and the 1976 A.L. MVP who helped lead the Yankees to three pennants and two World Series titles during his brief career. The white knit pinstripe home jersey and pants are totally original and unaltered. The jersey displays moderate wear, while the wear is much lighter with the pants. Originating from Munson’s estate, the uniform comes with a signed LOA from Munson’s widow, Diana Munson. The bidding for this piece of sports memorabilia is already nearing the $50,000 plateau.
Both vintage uniforms have received outstanding grades of “A10” from MEARS, a third-party authentication firm. Bidding is open to registered bidders only. For more information on how to participate, please visit www.scpauctions.com or call (949) 831-3700. -Terry Melia
SCP Auctions is offering two game-worn uniforms from the final season campaigns of two New York Yankees legends – Joe DiMaggio (1951) and Thurman Munson (1979) – as part of its 2015 Fall Premier online auction. The uniforms originate from the estate collections of both players and include documentation from the DiMaggio and Munson families, respectively.
Ever had grandiose dreams of the ultimate Joe DiMaggio Halloween costume or National cosplay? A full game-worn uniform of the Yankees legend is up for bid in SCP Auctions’ 2015 Fall Premier online auction. SCP estimates the jersey and pants could sell for more than $400,000.