Mention the words “Babe Ruth” and “for sale” in the same sentence and people’s ears generally perk up. Former New York Yankees pitcher David Wells recently announced he will be putting up for auction a hat worn by the Bambino in the early 1930′s. Wells wore the cap during a game in 1997 and reportedly paid $35,000 for it. Also available to the highest bidder through SCP Auctions is a game-worn jersey and bat used by the former Yankees #3.
If memorabilia isn’t your thing and you would like to see your $2 million go towards something more than a jersey a home Ruth lived in from 1922-1926 is currently for sale.
Along with boasting 5,124 square feet on more than two acres of land, five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, the property also has a 5,000-square-foot barn zoned for residential and commercial use with horse stables, sub-divided office space, working garage bays, and a top-floor apartment with skylights, and full kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
Though the home has been “meticulously renovated throughout,” Adamson said, touches of the Sultan of Swat can still be found, including burn marks from Ruth’s cigar ashes in the wooden floor of the living room, and a third-floor memorabilia room containing several photographs of the Hall of Fame slugger who played 22 seasons in the Major Leagues.
The property, which once spread over nearly 200 acres, lies a short distance from Willis Pond, where legend has it Ruth pushed an upright piano onto the ice during a party one winter then left it to fall through and sink.
If the walls of this house could talk, the stories I’m sure it could tell.
The home is currently owned by a Red Sox fan and season ticket holder. Like Ruth being sold from the Red Sox to the Yankees it would be only fitting that the buyer of the home located at 558 Dutton Road be a Yankees fan.
The asking price for “Home Plate Farm” is more than Babe Ruth’s career salary earnings of $910,696, per Baseball Reference.com.