Babe Ruth Auction To Benefit Babe Ruth Foundation Closing February 18
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/18/2017
The savvy collector looks for the inimitable, distinct memento. This is it. Long before clubhouses had private stalls, catered training tables, and thumping music, they had lockers for the players. Individually etched medallions identified the locker of the player. Even greats like Babe Ruth in cathedrals like a young Yankee Stadium, needed their lockers distinguished. This medallion is how that was accomplished. When the Yankees became the first team to regularly wear uniforms with numbers in 1929, the locker medallion also received a number.
This bronze medallion, approximately two-inches in diameter, hung from the Babe’s home locker. On the front is engraved “Babe Ruth 3.” On the back is engraved “Yankee Stadium Locker 3 The Bronx, New York.” This is a rare piece as Ruth played for five more seasons as a Yankee before finishing his career in 1935 with the Boston Braves. In addition to the ones used at the stadium, additional copies were produced at the time and given out. The medallion is in excellent condition with engravings and faces minimally tarnished from age. Goldin Auctions will be donating 5% of the winning bid price of this lot and all lots in this auction to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum.
1929-1934 Babe Ruth Yankee Stadium Locker Tag
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