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Babe Ruth

Legendary 'I'll Knock a Homer for You' Ball

SOLD at Auction For $250K

2/6/2014 7:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Babe Ruth's
most famous signed ball -- and possibly the most storied artifact in baseball history -- just sold for a whopping $250,642 at an online auction tonight ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Here's the story -- Babe gifted the ball to a seriously ill little boy named Johnny Sylvester during the 1926 World Series ... inscribed with the promise "I'll knock a homer for Wednesday's game."

Sure enough ... the Bambino blasted three homers that Wednesday against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series -- and miraculously, Little Johnny recovered from his potentially fatal illness.

88 years later the ball has a new home ... after Johnny Jr. -- who inherited the heirloom when his dad passed away in '90 ... decided to hock the thing for major cash at GreyFlannelauctions.com.

The auction house tells us, "We're very happy! It's a huge number!"

For a $250K price tag ... seems like a real home run.

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6 COMMENTS

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1.

Rigby    

Love the babe :)! Money hungry... How could you sell such a treasure especially it's back story to pass down generations.

173 days ago
2.

Pyegow    

The autograph is so bright,compared to some other authentic balls I've seen. It's a beautiful thing! It's friday! I think I'll have two 16ounce steak dinners, and 12 pitchers of beer, in memory of old George!

173 days ago
3.

Ryuk    

That loser son sold the baseball? What if he came down with an illness suddenly?

173 days ago
4.

Vote2012    

I always heard that story was not true, it was made up by the sports media.

173 days ago
5.

Andrew    

I made a do***entary film about the baseball and the famous story of Johnny and the Babe. Please join us here on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/knockahomerforyou

169 days ago

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