The Ruth jersey, which is dated around the 1928-1930 time period, cleared the previous benchmark of $4,400,000, which was spent on a 1920 Babe Ruth jersey, according to Hunt Auctions.
There were over 400 pieces of Ruth memorabilia at the auction, which was supplied by Ruth’s family and other collector’s as well.
“For many years, we cherished the items within his personal collection and have been blessed to represent his legacy through our many family endeavors,” Linda Ruth Tosetti, granddaughter of Babe Ruth, said.
“The decision to share items from his personal collection was made with careful consideration and the intent to further his legacy within a new generation of baseball fans. Babe’s collection has remained largely unknown to the general public and we felt it was time to bring these amazing pieces of his life to light. There could be no other place to showcase these items than Yankee Stadium and we are also thrilled to be able to benefit related charitable entities through the sale of these items.”
Ruth, a Hall of Famer, is considered one of the most famous, and iconic players in MLB and Yankees franchise history, and slugged 714 career home runs from 1914 to 1935, including a single-season record 60 in 1927, over his 22 seasons in the majors with the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees.