Glove Used by School-Aged Babe Ruth Nets More Than $341,000

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1912 Babe Ruth Catchers Mitt Goldin Apirl 2016

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Babe Ruth is most famous for wearing the pinstripes of the New York Yankees. His pitching career with the Boston Red Sox is also well known among even casual baseball historians. It turns out that even Babe Ruth memorabilia from before his professional career can fetch large sums. A Babe Ruth catcher’s mitt from his days at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore sold for $341,600 on Saturday, April 30 through Goldin Auctions.

The glove is believed to be from around 1912. Although Ruth was a southpaw, this particular glove was made for a right-handed player. According to the item’s description, this is likely due to the fact that left-handed catcher’s mitts were a rarity and St. Mary’s likely relied on donations for their sports equipment. As a result, Ruth had to make do with what he had.

Babe Ruth St Marys

When he was done with the glove, Ruth gave it to Edward Petschke, a drugstore clerk he got to know while playing minor league ball for the Providence Grays in 1914. Although Petschke never used the glove himself, he passed it down to his nephew, Everett Prescott who was happy to wear and play with the glove. The usage didn’t stop there. Prescott passed it on to his son, Craig, who also used it as a glove rather than seeing it as a treasured piece of memorabilia.

Craig Prescott and his family ended up loaning the mitt to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum where it has been on display for more than 20 years.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale went to the musum.

The glove comes with full authentication and documentation from PSA/DNA, Mears, the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and the Prescott family.

This wasn’t the only piece of historic Babe Ruth memorabilia to be sold at Goldin’s April Premium Live Auction. Ruth’s 1922 New York Yankees contract, his first with the team, closed at $549,000.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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3 comments

  1. Jonathan 3 May, 2016 at 08:29

    A kid steals his school’s catcher’s mitt and gives it to a drugstore clerk (for some reason I’d like to know), and the school that owns the mitt and relies on donations doesn’t care? Heck, my high school got mad when they thought I took a track jersey, and they had plenty of money (and lots of jerseys). How was this authenticated beyond, “I really hope the Babe used this glove”? It makes for a nice story, but I suspect there are lots of skeptics like me out there that elected not to bid. I’m not saying it isn’t real, but I personally need more proof to believe that story.

  2. phillies_joe 3 May, 2016 at 11:46

    Awesome….but I hope who ever bought it doesn’t chop it up and put it into cards.

    $549,000 for a contract….now that’s crazy to me! (unless I had the money to buy it….LOL)

  3. Scott Perry 28 March, 2018 at 13:09

    Really interesting post. I’m kind of amazed that the Mitt went for that much money. Pretty cool piece of memorabilia for the buyer.

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