Babe Ruth signed baseball hammers for $250,500 in New York

An iconic Babe Ruth signed baseball was the headline lot of the sale of the "Little" Johnny Sylvester collection at Grey Flannel Auctions in Westhampton, New York.

It achieved a figure of $250,614 on February 6.

Babe Ruth ball Sylvester
The Babe Ruth signed baseball dates to 1926

In October 1926 Sylvester was in hospital after being seriously injured in a horse riding accident, when Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees sent him the autographed ball.

It features the inscription "I'll knock a homer for you on Wednesday", in reference to the ongoing World Series, a promise that Ruth kept when he hit three in game four - something that no other player had ever achieved.

A letter written after Ruth visited the boy made $76,747.

In it, he wishes Sylvester a merry Christmas and invites him to Yankee Stadium to watch the World Series the following year.

It features a strong signature and is written on a "Babe Ruth's coming to town!" letterhead from the Plantage Theatre in Portland, Oregon, where the star was performing a vaudeville show.

Another letter, written before game six of the 1926 series, realised $71,554.

Ruth writes: "I will try to knock you another homer maybe two today. Best regards from your friend and rooter, "Babe" Ruth."

It features a superb signature and an "American League Base Ball Club of New York" letterhead.

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