Babe Ruth’s 60th Home Run Record Bat from 1927 Season

Babe Ruths Historic Bat That Struck 60th Homer in 1927
Babe Ruth’s 60th Home Run Record Bat From 1927 Season May Bring $1 Million in Heritage’s Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction

The game-used bat Babe Ruth swung to smash a terrific 60th home run – the 1927 right-field bomb that set a 34-year record – is estimated to sell for $1 million or more in Heritage Auction’s spring Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction May 17-18. Considered one of the greatest treasures in baseball history, the bat makes its auction debut among nearly 1,400 memorabilia-only lots for all collecting disciplines.

“It’s definitely a contender for the best bat in the hobby,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “Ruth hit 17 home runs in September 1927 to break his own record – the best month of his career. It’s a piece marking the absolute prime of the game’s greatest figure and the pinnacle of New York Yankees history as well.”

Authenticated GU 10 by experts at PSA/DNA, Ruth’s record-breaking bat shows extensive game use, which suggests it served a lengthy tenure in the hands of the game’s foremost slugger. Multiple ball marks and stitch impressions on the left barrel match Ruth’s label-down, left-handed swing. Attesting to its rich provenance, the right barrel is inscribed “To Joe E. Brown From Babe Ruth.” One of Ruth’s friends and a figure familiar to most veteran hobbyists, Brown was a much-beloved comedian and movie star and widely regarded as the first celebrity sports memorabilia collector. A 2012 notarized letter from Don E. Brown – son of Joe L. Brown and grandson of Joe E. Brown – accompanies the bat and discusses the history of the collection and this bat in particular.

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