Babe Ruth’s World’s Fair uniform offered at SCP Auctions

A uniform Babe Ruth wore to promote the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair is to cross the block at SCP Auctions.

Bidding stands at $73,205.   Babe Ruth Fair

Babe Ruth wore this uniform to promote the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair

 

The fair was held at the height of the Depression and was intended to boost spending in New York City.

As the city’s greatest living sportsman, Ruth was chosen to promote the event – a role he took on with gusto.

He wore this unique uniform, featuring the fair’s iconic Trylon and Perisphere symbols, to a range of public events.

The lot was on loan to Baltimore’s Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum for a long stretch during the 1970s and 1980s.

It also features provenance from Ruth’s own family.

The record for any piece of sports memorabilia is held by a circa 1920 Babe Ruth jersey (the earliest known).

It realised $4.4m at Lelands in 2012.

In 1929, the New York Yankees (Ruth included) travelled to the state’s notorious Sing Sing prison.

Babe Ruth box

This box was made for Babe Ruth by the inmates of the Sing Sing Correctional Facility

There they played a game against prisoners, who were thrashed 15-3.

The following year, the prisoners gave Ruth a beautifully inlaid wooden box they had made. It has been in the possession of his family ever since.

It’s now offered in the sale, with bidding already at $10,000 ahead of the January 21 close date.

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