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From the exclusive personal collection of Hall of Fame slugger Mike Schmidt, this enchanting piece of royal hardware is among baseball’s most coveted awards and was presented to Schmidt by the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association after the 1976 season. Created in 1956 in honor of Maryland’s favorite son, Babe Ruth it was originally called the “Sultan of Swat Award” to honor the player with the greatest “slugging average”—combining home runs and runs batted in, it has been presented to some of the greatest hitters in the game’s history including Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. In his fourth full season, Schmidt led the National League in home runs for the third consecutive year with 38 and drove in 107 runs. This glorious looking crown is truly fit for a king with six be-jeweled baseball diamonds circling the golden metal headband and crushed red velvet center head covering. The Maryland Professional Baseball Association’s diamond shaped logo is affixed to the golden diamond on the front of the crown just above the engraved raised text reading: “Babe Ruth Crown Presented to Mike Schmidt for Outstanding Batting Achievement 1976 Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association.” There are three sections of engraved text on the back of the crown reading: “1976 National League All-Star Team,” “1976 Batting AVG.262 Home Runs 38 R.B.I. 107,” “1976 sporting News All-Star Team.” There are two small sets of crossed bats that are affixed to the crown and one of the two is not present. This is the actual award given to Mike Schmidt, it is not a replica and no duplicates were ever authorized by Schmidt. This piece de resistance from Schmidt’s private collection comes with a notarized letter of authenticity from Mike Schmidt.
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Minimum Bid: $25,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $54,510.00
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, November 2, 2014.
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