Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn


Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn

A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger failed to land a new home. The auction, held at the Sports Legends Museum a day after the 100-year anniversary of Ruth's first major league game, featured 200 items related to the Baltimore-born home run king. Ruth's bat was discovered in a stash of pre-World War I Red Sox bats found in a 150-year-old home outside Boston, according to Goldin Auctions of New Jersey, which handled the sale. Ruth made his major league debut on July 11, 1914, pitching for the Boston Red Sox at their home field, Fenway Park. He later joined the New York Yankees, where he achieved his greatest fame as a hitter, including crushing Yankee stadium's first official home run when it opened in 1923. The initial item up for bid during Saturday's auction was the first ball ever hit out of the park by Ruth, who was trying out the Yankee Stadium field for a newspaper editor. It had been expected to go for $1 million or more, but was withdrawn from the sale after it failed to attract even the minimum bid of $100,000, said Goldin spokesman Doug Drotman. Early online bidding for the ball reached $95,000, but after no further bids came in, it was withdrawn, Drotman said. Ruth hit the ball when New York Daily News sports editor Marshall Hunt brought him to the nearly finished Yankee Stadium on Valentine's Day in 1923 to get an exclusive reaction from Ruth to the stadium. The ball went into the stands on the fourth pitch, and Ruth signed it for the stadium worker who retrieved it. The bat sold Saturday was used from 1916 to 1918, a period in which the left-handed pitcher helped the Red Sox win its last World Series for 86 years, a dry spell that ended in 2004. Ruth's personal copy of his 1918 Red Sox contract sold for $1.02 million, Drotman said. A bat Ruth used from his time with the Red Sox sold for $214,000, and the 1951 National League Most Valuable Player award earned by Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella went for $180,000.


FIL World Championships

U.S. improves to 2-0 with 16-7 win over Australia

After a two-hour rain delay, the United States (2-0) defeated Australia, 16-7, Saturday in pool play of the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Commerce City, Colo. Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) and David Lawson led the United States with four goals each, and Marcus Holman (Gilman) added three. The Americans will face Japan tonight at 7.

Other FIL games: After a tightly played first quarter ended in a tie at 4, the Iroquois Nationals outscored Japan 20-5 in a 24-9 rout. Miles Thompson led the Iroquois with two goals and seven assists. His brother, co-Tewaaraton Award winner Lyle Thompson, added two goals. ... Casey Cittadino (Towson University) and Lee Coppersmith (Johns Hopkins) had a goal apiece as Israel routed Sweden, 19-4, on Friday night. ... Stevenson defenseman Callum Robinson, a rising junior, made his FIL world championships debut Friday night for Australia, scoring a fourth-quarter goal in a 14-13, double-overtime win over Japan. Uganda, which has become one of the heartwarming stories of the games after getting visa approval just days before its scheduled departure, lost to Bermuda, 14-5, on Saturday.

WNBA: After leading by only two points after the first quarter, the visiting Washington Mystics dominated Tulsa in the second, outscoring the Shock 27-16 en route to a 91-74 win. Six Washington players scored in double digits, with guard Ivory Latta and center Emma Meesseman getting 15 each.

National Women's Soccer League: Diana Matheson's free kick in the 53rd minute after Kerstin Garefrekes was taken down in the box gave the visiting Washington Spirit (8-7-2) a 1-0 victory over the Western New York Flash and sole possession of third place.

Major League Soccer: First-half goals from Eddie Johnson and Luis Silva propelled D.C. United to a 2-1 win over the host San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night.

College fishing: The Fairmont State team of Bryson Grimes and Aaron Davis won the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Northern Conference event on the Chesapeake Bay with five bass weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces. They won $2,000 as part of the tournament and advanced to the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational Invivational tournament.

Women’s college tennis: Washington College’s Amy Stevens (North Harford) and April Weaver have been named Sscholar-Aathletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Stevens, who received a bachelor’s B.A. in Eenvironmental Sstudies from Washington College in May, is now a four-time ITA Sscholar-Aathlete. She was also a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier. Weaver, who was named to the All-Centennial Conference first team for both singles and doubles this past spring, received is receiving her first ITA Sscholar-Aathlete award.

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