Babe Ruth’s 500th homer bat sells for more than $1 million


BRONX, NY – JUNE 13: The 1923 New York Yankees pose for a team portrait during the 25th anniversary celebration of the opening of Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948 in the Bronx, New York. The players from (L-R) top row, Hinkey Haines, Waite Hoyt, George Pipgras, Joe Bush, Oscar Roettger, Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, Joe Dugan, Wally Pipp, Elmer Smith, bottom row, Sam Jones, Wally Schang, Carl Mays, Whitey Witt, Fred Hofmann and Mike McNally. They all played a two inning game today. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Babe Ruth has hit another one out of the ballpark.

The bat used by the legendary baseball player to hit his 500th home run was auctioned on Saturday for more than $1 million.

SCP Auctions didn’t identify the buyer. The auction was held in Laguna Niguel, California.

Ruth hit his 500th homer on Aug. 11, 1929, in a game against the Cleveland Indians. According to SCP Auctions, the ball cleared the right field wall at League Park and rolled down Lexington Avenue.

Ruth was the first of just 27 Major League Baseball players to reach that mark.

He gave the autographed bat to his friend, former Suffern, New York, Mayor Jim Rice, in the 1940s. It’s been in the family for nearly 75 years.

Another Ruth bat used to hit the first home run out of Yankee Stadium in 1923 sold for nearly $1.3 million in 2004.


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