Babe Ruth is the baseball legend that will never die. But before the Great Bambino was turning Yankee Stadium into the House that Ruth built, he was just another orphan at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore. It’s where he first took up baseball, and played as a catcher on the St. Mary’s team.
Now the glove that Ruth reportedly wore during his season with St. Mary’s is up for auction in an event featuring celebrity merchandise organized by Goldin Auctions. The event at which Ruth’s glove will be auctioned is scheduled to take place on April 30 in Manhattan.
“I’d be shocked if it goes for under $500,000,” Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin told the New York Post. Goldin also noted that the glove is particularly special because it is a right-handed glove … even though Ruth was famously left handed. The legendary slugger would catch the ball and then transfer his glove to throw back to the mound or down to tbe base, apparently with great effect.
“Even though he had to transfer the ball, no one would run on him. He gunned everyone out,” Gibbons told the Post. “He was quite the phenomenon in Baltimore.”
His legend obviously didn’t stop in Baltimore, or in Boston for that matter. Now someone will get the chance to own one of the seminal items that helped launch the biggest legend in baseball history, right out from its Baltimore roots.
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