Babe Ruth's game-worn baseball cap from a 1934 barnstorming trip to Japan just hauled in an amazing $303,277 in an auction ... TMZ Sports has learned.
No, it's not gold-leafed or anything, but it did sit on the Babe's skull while he did some diplomatic work for the U.S. He was part of an American all-star team sent to Japan in 1934 to play 18 exhibition games.
The games were supposed to ease rising tensions between the U.S. and Japan, but failed. See WWII.
We're told the ball cap remained with the Ruth family until 30 years ago ... then changed hands twice ... before landing on the block this morning at Grey Flannel Auctions.
Another sports legend fetched big dollars too -- an original pair of Jordan's ... just not Air Jordans.
The CONVERSE shoes MJ wore during his '81-'82 season at UNC went to the top bidder for $33,378!
We're told the winning bidders on both items want to remain anonymous.
Guess Who This
12/18/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Before this gifting little girl was a prepackaged pop star she was just another cute little kid getting into the Christmas spirit. Can you guess who she is?!
Surprised by Oprah ...
Sooo Much Cake to Camera
12/17/2014 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Oprah Winfrey isn't surprising a talk show audience with lavish gifts ... but she can still uncork a great one for her BFF!
We're told Gayle King arrived with Oprah Tuesday night to Pier 59 Studios in NYC with a roomful of close friends and family -- all to celebrate Gayle's 60th birthday. Everyone was wearing 2 of Gayle's faves ... yellow and clogs (now that's love).
Best part of the surprise though -- cake ... tons of cake! Oprah brought in 960 cupcakes from Baked by Melissa to spell out "Sweet 60th." That would be plenty for anyone else -- but this is Oprah and Gayle -- so the Melt Shop made custom grilled cheeses ... a truffle melt and a maple bacon melt.
Most delicious birthday ... ever!
"Grandma Got Run Over"
SINGER DR. ELMO
12/17/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Elmo Shropshire is best known for his early '80s holiday novelty song -- which has sold over eleven million copies -- and now Christmas classic "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer." Guess what he looks like now!
Guess Who This
LITTLE SNOW MAN
12/16/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Before this playful kid was dating pop stars as Hollywood royalty he was just another cool kid holding his own in a frosty snowball fight. Can you guess who he is?!
Does the Splits at Disney On Ice
12/15/2014 9:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West was your typical doting dad when he and Kim Kardashian took North to see Disney on Ice ... that is, until he mysteriously disappeared from the arena.
The West family had front row seats at Staples Center Sunday ... along with Kourtney's kids, Mason and Penelope, Brittny and Lisa Gastineau, and Ciara and her kid.
Yeezy looked mostly happy -- especially with his nachos -- but subtly vanished from his seat later in the show ... with Lisa G. eventually taking his spot.
Kanye also didn't make the cut for Kim's post-show pic, but at least North didn't get cut out of this one.
Tom in "Rock 'n' Roll
12/15/2014 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Vincent Van Patten gained fame for playing the love-crazy football captain Tom Roberts -- opposite P.J. Soles as Riff Randell -- in the 1979 classic "Rock 'n' Roll High School." Guess what he looks like now!
What's The Big Frigin'
12/14/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It's Time To Clean House ...
And Grab A Cool Million
12/13/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Clippers' skipper Doc Rivers would prefer a NBA Championship but he'll settle for a boatload of cash ... he just scored an easy million after unloading his L.A. condo a year after buying.
Rivers picked up the swanky Beverly West pad for just over $5.5M last year and 15 months later ... he passed it off for $6.5M.
He could go coast to coast in these sprawling digs -- it's 3,813 sq ft. with access to a salt water pool, and fitness center, and throw in 2 parking spots ... for the 3-point play!
Rivers opted out for an upgrade ... he put the cash toward his new $8.2M perch, up in the bird streets of the Hollywood Hills.
Coach just keeps on winning.
Guess Who These
12/13/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Guess Who This
DRESSED UP KID
12/12/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Before this costumed little kid was the most sought after international model she was just another silly little lady playing dress up in London, England. Can you guess who she is!?
Dong Cups and Lap Dances
For Bachelor Party
12/10/2014 7:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lance Bass and his fiance got a huge surprise at famed gay club, The Abbey, last night -- a his-and-his bachelor party ... complete with penis party favors!
Lance and Michael Turchin were toasted by celeb friends like Joey Fatone, Alan Thicke, Cheri Oteri, and comedian Fortune Feimster.
The guys sipped drinks out of penis-inspired yard glasses. If you're wondering, the answer is ... circumcised.
We talked to Lance after the party, and he reluctantly showed off one his more PG-rated souvenirs. Mazel!