Ruth’s Historic Bat
USED TO HIT RECORD 60th HOME RUN IN 1927
On Sept. 30, 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the 1927 season, setting a record that stood for 34 years.
“The Babe pulled away from the plate, then stepped into the ball, and wham,” The New York Times reported.
It was a day in which Ruth “scaled the hitherto unattainable heights. Home run 60,” the paper reported, “a terrific smash off the southpaw pitching of [Tom] Zachary, nestled in the Babe’s favorite spot in the right-field bleachers [of Yankee Stadium].”
Although it has been surpassed more than a half-dozen times since, Ruth’s record “remains a monumental benchmark in sport’s history,” says Heritage’s Director of Sports Auctions Chris Ivy.
“The 1927 season is universally considered the pinnacle of excellence for both Ruth and the New York Yankees franchise at large,” Ivy says, “establishing the bat Ruth used that September day as one of the most important baseball artifacts ever made available to the collecting public.”
The bat is expected to sell for at least $1 million when it goes to auction in May.
This story appears in the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of The Intelligent Collector magazine. Click here to subscribe to the print edition.