The Most Expensive Baseball Bat in the world
As incredible as it may sound the most expensive baseball bat, the old baseball bat that Babe Ruth used in hitting a home run in the very first game at Yankee Stadium, sold for nearly $1.3 million at an auction recently. When the Louisville Slugger used by legendary baller Babe Ruth to hit his first home run at Yankee Stadium in 1923 went up for auction, some feared that the winner might destroy it either to end the dreaded “Curse of the Bambino” and allow the Red Sox victory in that year’s World Series or to sell pieces of it for profit.
Sotheby’s auction house sold the most expensive baseball bat on December 2, 2006 at their auction. No other baseball bat in history has ever come close to selling for as much as this one used by the immortal Babe Ruth. Who purchased the Babe’s bat? At the moment the buyer is not known. It is believed that the person is a supposed collector and hobbyist of baseball collectables.
What may be even more incredible is that a spokesman for the buyer told reporters afterwards that they were prepared to pay an even higher amount for the baseball bat. The most expensive baseball bat, which left Ruth’s hands as a prize for a Los Angeles high school batting champion, features an autograph and dedication “To the Boy Home Run King of Los Angeles” and a brass plate that reads “Presented to Victor Orsatti at Manual Arts H.S. by the Los Angeles Evening Herald.”
The 46-ounce bat’s model number, 148, is still visible amidst the lathe marks. Speaking of the Red Sox, the Curse of the Bambino was lifted the year of the auction when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in the 2004 World Series. This is hystorical baseball bat is the most expensive baseball bat.