The bat that New York Yankees icon Babe Ruth used to allegedly call his home run off Cubs pitcher Charlie Root in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field is being auctioned. Fans of the North Siders relentlessly, and oftentimes cruelly, heckled the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Ruth throughout the lopsided Fall Classic. With escalating tensions in the top of the fifth inning, Ruth began jawing with a handful of Cubs’ players. The Bambino proceeded to point his bat at an unconfirmed person or spot and launch a 440-foot dinger into the temporary seating on Sheffield Avenue. The 12-time American League home run leader rounded the bases and mocked many of his tormentors.
“This is like Thor’s hammer,” said Lelands.com chairman Josh Evans.
The bat measures 34.75 inches and weighs 37.2 ounces and is expected to net roughly $500,000. Bidding for the famous piece of lumber concludes on March 23.