The very first contract Babe Ruth negotiated with the NY Yankees is about to hit the auction block -- which specifically outlines the MLB legend was BANNED FROM BOOZE and had a 1 AM bedtime.
TMZ Sports has learned ... the contract -- hand-signed by George Herman Ruth on March 10, 1922 -- is being auctioned off by Goldin Auctions ... and the sellers tell us they're expecting to fetch over $1 mil.
The terms of the 3-year deal are pretty interesting ... Babe agreed to league-high $52k-per-season ... but there were a couple of catches.
For instance, Babe had to fork over a $30 deposit for his uniform and was not allowed to play any other sport while under contract.
But the big one ... a clause that was added which spelled out that Babe was to "refrain entirely from the use of intoxicating liquors and that he shall not during the training and playing season in each year stay up later than 1 o'clock A.M. on any day without the permission and consent of the club's manager."
At the time Babe signed the deal, he had already been with the Yanks for 3 years ... but was playing under the contract he signed with his previous team, the Boston Red Sox.
The contract will hit the auction block on October 6th. Good luck ...
'Big Baby' Davis
I'M DROPPIN' ANOTHER SINGLE
... Get Ready!!!
9/22/2014 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Big Baby gon' turn it up ... AGAIN!!!!
It's been 2 years since the NBA superstar dropped his 1st single ... which got a 5-star review on iTunes from the 1 person who reviewed it ... but now it seems Glen Davis could strike again.
The L.A. Clippers forward out at Greystone Manor this weekend -- when we asked about a follow-up to his 2012 club banger.
"Oooh, that's coming out soon," Davis said (we know he's probably joking, but we're holding out hope anyway).
Check out the clip -- Davis gave us a little street performance of his first single.
No autotune? No problem.
DESTROYED ON THE COURT
... By Street Ball Legend
9/22/2014 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Trey Songz just learned the hard way what it's like be completely DOMINATED on the basketball court -- thanks to a legendary street baller.
The R&B singer was playing in the Power 106 All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game in L.A. this weekend -- which raised money for a charity that rehabilitates former gang members.
But one body definitely hit the floor on the court -- when Songz (an avid basketball player) tried to guard Bone Collector ... one of the most famous street ballers in the country.
Collector went through his legs and spun him around so hard, Songz went bottoms up.
LeBron & CP3
Train Together By Day
Party Together By Night
9/22/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Work hard, play hard ... that's the way it was for LeBron James and Chris Paul Sunday -- who hit the gym together during the day and the CLUB together at night.
LeBron and CP3 spent their Sunday training at the gym at UCLA with Bron's Cleveland Cavs teammate Tristan Thompson ... and even posted a pic to Instagram.
But when the sun went down, Bron and Paul freshened up -- and hit up Greystone Manor in West Hollywood.
The two arrived around midnight and spent about 2 hours in the place ... finally leaving the when the club shut down.
The two have been good friends for years -- but the big question, when the tab came ... who paid?
Comes to Rescue
of Motorcycle Crash Victim
9/22/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When you need a calm, soothing voice to get you through a traumatic event, you don't think of Mike Tyson ... but that's exactly what happened to a motorcycle crash victim.
Ryan Chesley tells TMZ ... he was on his way to Las Vegas this week when a cab cut him off on the freeway ... sending him flying off his chopper.
Chesley says Tyson saw the whole thing ... slammed on his brakes and stopped traffic. Chesley says Tyson -- mindful the victim might be in shock -- kept him calm until paramedics arrived.
Chesley -- who has broken bones, muscles, ligaments, nerve damage and needs shoulder surgery -- tells TMZ he's sending Tyson a thank you note and a fruit basket.
Mike Tyson ... he can hurt you bad, and help you good.
Baltimore Orioles Mascot
PUNCHED IN THE NUTS
... Mascot Fights Back
9/22/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another ferocious assault involving a Baltimore superstar ... the Orioles mascot ... who got HIT IN THE BALLS by a dumbass fan AND FOUGHT BACK ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
Our MLB sources tell us ... the incident went down at Oriole Park at Camden Yard in April 2013 when a seemingly drunken O's fan approached the mascot for a photo -- and then suckerpunched the bird right in his feathered crotch.
The bird executed a perfect judo-style legsweep ... and took down the attacker.
Our sources tell us ... the nut-puncher was arrested moments after the camera shut off.
Moral of the Story -- don't punch mascots in the nuts. They don't like it.
Will Reportedly Claim TMZ Edited Tape
... Dumbest Defense Ever
9/21/2014 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice will reportedly argue that TMZ Sports edited the "inside the elevator" video ... thereby altering what really happened that night.
He's right. We did edit the video ... and we made that point crystal clear in our original post -- the same post where we also INCLUDED the raw unedited version showing Rice KOing Janay Palmer.
As we initially reported, the original raw video was jerky -- in that it would move forward and then in reverse every couple of frames ... so we removed the reverse frames.
Again, TMZ Sports included the raw video in our original post.
Maybe Rice's team should've scrolled down.
I'm Calling the FBI
Over Leaked Topless Pics
9/20/2014 8:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gabrielle Union says she was the victim of a digital hate crime ... after some topless photos she sent to Dwyane Wade somehow leaked onto the internet -- and now her legal team will be contacting the FBI.
Union and Wade released a joint statement saying, "it has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures."
They add, "I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."
Topless pics of what appears to be super model Emily Ratajkowski and Jenny McCarthy also leaked online today -- as well as nude photos that appear to be Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell.
Union and Wade add, "For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes - We send our love, support and prayers. We have done nothing wrong."
We reached out to reps for Ratjkowski, McCarthy, Bosworth and Bell ... so far, no word back.
Ex Titans Kicker Rob Bironas
Dead at 36
Crashes Car Into Trees
9/21/2014 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas -- Terry Bradshaw's son-in-law -- died Saturday night after he lost control of his SUV and crashed into a line of trees.
The Metro Nashville PD says Bironas was traveling fast in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali when he lost control in a curve shortly after 11 p.m.
Cops say the SUV veered off the road and struck a bunch of trees before it flipped over. Bironas was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Cops also say there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs. They believe Bironas was heading home ... because the accident occurred less than a mile from his house.
Rob married Terry Bradshaw's oldest daughter Rachel back in June ... and even though Bironas was no longer a Titan -- Terry jokingly told our photog before the wedding Rob still had permission to marry her.
BAN HIM FROM RUNNING TRACK
Says U.S. Olympic Legend
9/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Oscar Pistorius should be BANNED from running track FOR LIFE ... so says U.S. Olympic legend Sanya Richards-Ross ... who says it pains her to say it because she used to be tight with Blade Runner.
Sanya -- who won FOUR gold medals from '04 to '12 -- was out in NYC when we asked her about the International Paralympic Committee's pending decision on whether Oscar should be able to compete in the next Paralympics.
Of course the controversy stems from the fact that Oscar was convicted of manslaughter in the death of his GF Reeva Steenkamp ... and the IPC has said it would make a decision about Oscar's future based on his upcoming sentencing.
But Sanya has already made up her mind -- "At the end of the day, there was a woman that ended up dead. I don't think he should have the privilege of competing in the sport anymore."
Sanya says the two were close friends before the incident -- and she never would have guessed he had it in him to kill someone, but it's clear from the video that Sanya firmly believes Oscar should be persona non grata on the track for the rest of his life.
SENT BACK TO LOCKER ROOM
After Taking Field In Full Pads
9/20/2014 5:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jameis, HAVE YOU NOT BEEN FOLLOWING THE NEWS??!?
The Florida State University quarterback was sent back to the locker room before the FSU vs. Clemson game tonight when he took the field in full pads.
Winston was confronted by his coach Jimbo Fisher -- who appeared angry and confused -- and forced Jameis to change back into street clothes.
Of course, Winston was initially suspended for the 1st half of tonight's game after screaming "F**k her in the p**sy" on a table in the middle of the FSU campus ... but after public outcry, school officials later decided to suspend him from the entire game.
Apparently, Winston didn't get the message.
Or ... he's in the middle of the worst case of denial ever.
Rocks $50k Watch
To Hollywood Nightclub
9/20/2014 12:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James hit the L.A. club scene last night -- rollin' into Hooray Henry's in West Hollywood with one of his boys ... and a sick $50k watch on his wrist.
The NBA superstar didn't say much on the way out of the place ... but if you wanna see what a guy who reportedly made $72 million last year rocks out to the nightclub check out the clip.
Snapback -- check.
Wedding ring -- check
$50k custom Audemars Piguet watch -- check.
It's good to be rich.
I'm NOT Meeting With ISIS
9/20/2014 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dennis Rodman is NOT en route to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to engage in peace talks ... contrary to a ridiculous report that almost seemed believable ... because ... well ... he's Rodman.
Earlier this week a story surfaced saying Rodman told was on his way to the airport to leave for the Middle East when he said, “I think if I could just talk with the leaders of ISIS they would see the errors of their ways."
But Rodman's rep says the report is total crap ... telling TMZ Sports the retired basketball player is in Hong Kong for business meetings.
So, if you're keeping score at home ... North Korea, yes. ISIS, no.