Historic Bat Used By Babe Ruth To Hit The First Home Run In Old Yankee Stadium To Be Featured On TLC’s “Accidental Fortune”

The bat used by baseball legend Babe Ruth to hit the first home run in old Yankee Stadium in 192

3 – and sold by Southern California-based SCP Auctions for a record $1.265 million in 2004 will be featured on TLC’s hit show, “Accidental Fortune,” Sunday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET.  Aside from its connection to Ruth, the most important and valuable bat ever discovered has a storied history.

Ruth had given the bat to the Los Angeles Evening Herald, and Victor Orsatti won it in a high school home run-hitting contest sponsored by the newspaper. Ruth inscribed on the bat, “To the Boy Home Run King of Los Angeles ‘Babe’ Ruth, N.Y. May 7, 1923.”
 
Upon his death in the early 1980s, Orsatti gave the bat to his caretaker, who chose SCP Auctions as a partner in the marketing and sale of the bat and to prove that it was indeed the one used to hit the first home run in old Yankee Stadium. Accompanying the bat is a congratulatory telegram Orsatti received from “The Babe.”
 
After the bat spent 80 years in hiding, SCP Auctions was given the opportunity to showcase and feature the bat in a New York auction in 2004, when it sold for $1.265 million.
 
“It is unanimous – the authenticity, provenance, and condition are beyond reproach,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. “Virtually everyone who sees it is simply blown away, not only by the mere existence of the bat, but also by its incredible beauty. It has a definite aura about it.”
 
About SCP Auctions
SCP Auctions, Inc. has been a leader in auctions and private sales of important sports memorabilia and cards since 1979. SCP Auctions has handled some of the most significant individual items and prominent collections in its field, such as the record-setting sale of Babe Ruth’s bat used to hit the first home run in old Yankee Stadium (sold for $1.265 million), the finest known T206 Honus Wagner card (sold for $2.8 million), the original 1919 contract of sale of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees (sold for $996,000), and the private collections of Hall of Famers such as Honus Wagner, Tony Lazzeri, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Casey Stengel, Pee Wee Reese and Ernie Banks. For more information, please visit www.scpauctions.com.

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