[Picture above: Not Babe Ruth's pocket watch. You know, in case you were confused.]
Babe Ruth’s pocket watch from the 1923 World Series sold for a staggering $717,000 at an auction in New York on Saturday.
The watch, which you can see if you follow the link above, is engraved with a picture of a pitcher hurling a ball at a batter. An inscription on the timepiece reads, “Presented by Baseball Commissioner to George H. Ruth.”
Ruth batted .368 during the series — a six-game victory over the New York Giants — and hit three home runs. The World Series win was the first of 27 for the Yankees.
However, Ruth’s watch didn’t even fetch the highest price of all the items auctioned off. That honor goes to a bat that was used by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson during a game in 1911. The bat sold for $958,000.
Also surpassing Ruth’s watch were the boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, when he beat Sonny Liston in 1964. The gloves fetched $836,500.
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