Babe Ruth's First Home Run Ball to Be Auctioned

Friday, Jul 11, 2014  |  Updated 6:36 AM CDT
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Goldin Auctions consignment director Christopher Cavalier adjusts Babe Ruth's first home run ball that he hit at Yankee Stadium during a media preview of sports memorabilia slated for auction to mark the 100th anniversary of Ruth's major league debut. The auction is scheduled to take place July 12, the day after the anniversary, and the organizers estimate that 125 items to be auctioned off could fetch as much as $10 million.

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The first ball Babe Ruth hit over the fence in Yankee Stadium and his 1918 contract with the Boston Red Sox are among about three dozen Ruth-related items scheduled for auction in Baltimore.

The auction at the Sports Legends Museum will be held Saturday night, a day after the 100th anniversary of Ruth's major league debut. He played his first game on July 11, 1914. Ruth was born in Baltimore.

The items will be on display for the public ahead of the auction. Other collectibles to be sold include Super Bowl rings from the 1970 Baltimore Colts and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

Goldin Auctions estimates that the 125 items to be auctioned off could fetch as much as $10 million. Ruth's contract is already up to $370,000 in online bidding.

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