According to Darren Rovell of ESPN,
One of the most famous autographed baseballs in history — the one signed by Babe Ruth with a promise to hit a home run for an ailing 11-year-old boy — was sold for $250,641 by Grey Flannel Auctions on Thursday night.
An official with the auction house said the buyer wishes to remain anonymous.
The boy’s name was Johnny Sylvester, and he received a ball from the “Great Bambino” that said “I’ll knock a homer for Wednesday’s game” on the side.
Ruth then famously hit three home runs for the New York Yankees that Wednesday, which happened to be Game 4 of the 1926 World Series. Newspaper accounts at the time soon proclaimed that Sylvester’s condition suddenly improved thanks in part to the moment.
The ball was owned by Sylvester’s son, who had given it to the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore, Maryland for a loan, for 25 years.
The relationship between John Sylvester and babe Ruth lasted a while, and the sale of this ball had significant meaning.
The sale of the ball was timed to the 119th anniversary of Ruth’s birthday. Ruth, who died in 1948, stayed in touch with Sylvester until his death.
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