A few months ago, the owner of a 150 year-old house outside Boston made a discovery of epic proportions.
No, it wasn't a safe full of gold coins - what that homeowner found was greater than currency but just as valuable - a cache of game used bats belonging to the best Red Sox players of the pre-World War I period.
This awe-inspiring bat has several distinctions that reveal it to be a Babe Ruth 1916-18 bat. That the bat has been personalized at the factory with a simple "RUTH" in block letters allows us to date this bat as being made before July, 1918.
it was believable; my dad was born (1919) and raised in nyc, and he was a big baseball fan.
Along with the ball and stitch marks some checking is evident, caused by repeated ball contact.
It's awesome to realize that these marks show Ruth was using this very bat to develop the swing that would forever change the game of baseball.
Among the bats which lay undisturbed for over 97 years was this one belonging to their star pitcher AND hitter - Babe Ruth!
This bat has been on display at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum since its discovery and authentication During the period this bat has been dated to - 1916 to 1918 - Babe Ruth had just emerged as the ace of the Red Sox staff and was acknowledged as the best left-handed pitcher in baseball.