DAILY DIRT: The famous ‘called his shot’ jersey expected to bring more than $30 million

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Might want to save up if you are thinking of buying the 1932 jersey Babe Ruth wore when he called his shot at Wrigley Field. — wikipedia

Daily Dirt for Friday, May 24, 2024

Concerning the information about the “Jeopardy!” game show in today’s thought No. 2, I have watched that program since I was a wee lad and never even thought about such a thing … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 958 of The Daily Dirt.

1. If you have a few extra bucks put away, you may want to consider attending an August auction in New York City.

That’s when a jersey worn by the late Yankees slugger, Babe Ruth, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. And it’s not just any jersey.

The jersey in question is the one Ruth wore when he “called his shot” in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. The jersey will go up for bid during an Aug. 23-25 event hosted by Heritage Auctions.

ESPN reports the sale of the road gray Ruth jersey, available to the public for the first time in 19 years, is expected to set a record for a sports collectible at auction. The jersey could fetch upward of $30 million, according to Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions.

The jersey last sold for $940,000 in 2005. At that time, it was dated to the 1932 season and purported to be from that year’s series. But the jersey has now been photo-matched by MeiGray Authenticated as the one Ruth wore in Game 3.

Ruth’s supposed “called shot” came during the fifth inning of Game 3 in the 1932 World Series — Ruth’s 10th and final Fall Classic — against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. 

FYI

The current record for any sports collectible is the $12.6 million paid for the near-perfect 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card in August 2022.

2. Did you know (Part 21) …

  • That to see every NFL regular-season game this fall you will need access to NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Sunday Ticket, NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN+, Amazon Prime, Peacock and Netflix. 
  • That legendary Diana Ross, who sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in 1970, lost her former husband, Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Naess, to a mountain-climbing accident in 2004. They were married 1986-2000.
  • That Edward Dee, who created the “Smarties” candies, chose that name for the confectionery because he wanted to see people pursue their education.
  • That contestants on the “Jeopardy!” game show stand on adjusted platforms to make it appear they are all the same height.
  • That “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet, “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Brick House” by the Commodores and “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees all turn 47 years old this year. 

3. This week’s best of “Found on Facebook”:

  • “Yoko Ono turned 91 yesterday and her singing voice is as good today as it ever was.” (Yes, a rather snarky comment. But true.)
  • “Back in the day we had to get up off the couch and walk clear across the room to change the TV channel … uphill both ways … in the snow.”
  • “The older I get, the more I can relate to the look that’s always on Clint Eastwood’s face.”
  • “Chuck Norris organized a fundraiser, just to raise funds for fundraising.”
  • “Chuck Norris does not wear a watch. He decides what time it is.”

Steve Thought O’ The Day — Well, judging by that first “Did you know” item today, I’ll be missing a few NFL games this season.

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. He will be able to watch his Browns get whupped by the Cowboys though as it is the first FOX national game of the NFL season and will feature Tom Brady’s broadcasting debut.

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