Hundred and one years after the famous baseball player, Babe Ruth hit his career’s 136th home run and 33rd of the season, at the Sportsman’s Park; the ball has soared again, this time bidding at the Sports Collectibles auction held by Heritage on May 4th and 5th 2012. This particular home run crowned Babe Ruth the Home Run King. And, now that ball, considered as one of the most important baseball memorabilia is expected to realize a price upwards of $50,000.
Babe Ruth fans considers July 12, 1921 as one of the greatest dates in baseball history. On this day, Babe Ruth tied Roger’s Connor’s career record of 136 home runs with his first homer of the game, and with his second, hitting the ball Heritage is auctioning, he became the Home Run King. All this happened during an away baseball game, when the iconic Yankees team visited the St. Louis Browns team at Sportsman’s Park. This ball was owned by 93-year old D. Berkeley Smith of Waterloo, lowa, who was given the ball by an uncle who attended that historic game.
However, it’s not new when a Babe Ruth home run ball went on auction. Earlier in 2010, the Babe Ruth signed ball which he hit for his career's 702nd historic home run in 1934, went for $264,500 at the seventh annual live auction at Louisville Slugger Museum. Another ball, personally signed by Babe Ruth, which belonged to collector and lifetime baseball fan Jack Schimatz also went under the hammer in Florida art and antique auction.