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Babe Ruth

100-Year-Old Bat Hits Auction Block

... Could Get $500k

6/13/2014 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Babe Ruth Bat
A 100-year-old Babe Ruth baseball bat is about to hit the auction block ... after a Massachusetts family discovered the historic Louisville Slugger in their basement ... and it could rake in $500k. 

Officials at Goldin Auctions tell TMZ Sports ... an antique hunter (also known as a "picker") asked the family if he could go through their old belongings ... and discovered a collection of what appeared to be old game-used bats from Red Sox players -- including the Sultan of Swat. 

Goldin Auctions tells us ... the bats were authenticated through an independent firm -- that confirmed the Ruth bat was used sometime between 1916 and 1918. 

Among the clues ... G.A. says the bat's size and weight match up with the ones he used at the time ... plus, the word "RUTH" is imprinted on the barrel.

The auction house says the bat also includes cleat imprints on the barrel "as Ruth always banged out his spikes on his bats' barrel."

Officials at Goldin Auctions -- which is putting the item up for bid on June 16th -- says it's expecting the bat to sell somewhere in the $350k to $500k range. 

Makes you wanna go diggin' around your basement, doesn't it?

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17 COMMENTS

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lourdgoogoo    

Finding something like that would be sweet.

101 days ago
2.

mrz16    

Home run!

101 days ago
3.

FREEDOM    

HE WAS SO COOL. A TALENTED MAN OF GREAT INTEGRITY.

101 days ago
4.

FREEDOM    

THAT IS REMARKABLE!!!

101 days ago
5.

FREEDOM    

THE GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TIMES.

100 days ago
6.

FREEDOM    

TOTALLY GIFTED.

100 days ago
7.

FREEDOM    

MY BASEBALL HERO.

100 days ago
8.

FREEDOM    

HE DID MORE FOR BASEBALL THAN ANY PLAYER YET TO LIVE.

100 days ago
9.

FREEDOM    

BABE RUTH PIT BASEBALL ON THE MAP.

100 days ago
10.

FREEDOM    

BABE RUTH CANDY BAR, ONE OF A KIND. YUMMY!!!

100 days ago
11.

FREEDOM    

"IT'S HARD TO BEAT SOMEONE WHO NEVER GIVES UP." BY BABE RUTH

100 days ago
12.

FREEDOM    

"HEROES GET REMEMBERED, BUT LEGENDS NEVER DIE." BY BABE RUTH

100 days ago
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FREEDOM    

THAT BAT IS PRICELESS.

100 days ago
14.

FREEDOM    

THAT BAT BROUGHT BACK LIGHT TO A GREAT LEGEND .

100 days ago
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FREEDOM    

SOME PEOPLE ARE TO IGNORANT TO UNDERSTANDS HOW THINGS BEGAN. HISTORY TELLS THE STORY. THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST FOR SPORTS.

98 days ago
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