History of The Bat
Other Babe Ruth bats have entered the hobby. All were made of ash and could be measured and weighed. But, as too often is the case, the origin and history has been lost to time. As in original art, it is the strength of the provenance which elevates a painting to the level of a masterpiece.
This bat, fully documented via the inscription penned in Ruth's hand and the custom plate which was added at the time the bat was gifted, reads:
Babe Ruth Bat
Presented by LA Evening Herald
Jefferson High School
City League Champion Batsman
The combination of the autograph, inscription, and decorative plate create the airtight provenance with respect to the origin of this ash masterpiece. Additionally, a period image of Babe Ruth personally signing this exact bat for Phil Grossman accompanies this trophy.
To date, this is only known bat documented with a photograph of an uninformed Babe Ruth holding the exact specimen.