Ted Williams/Babe Ruth Ball Expected To Sell For $200,000
Starting today fans seeking to buy items once owned by Ted Williams will flock to Boston’s Fenway Park for a preview of the first major auction of sports, military and personal memorabilia documenting Williams’ life.
The preview, open to the public, is set to last through Friday at the world’s oldest baseball park and home field of the only team that Williams played for during his 1939-1960 major league career. The auction will be Saturday and some of the proceeds will benefit The Jimmy Fund, a charity affiliated with Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for which the slugger helped raise money during his lifetime.
Williams, the last major league hitter to bat .400 , enjoyed a diverse life, including as a U.S. Marine in World War II and the Korean War, a member of the fishing hall of fame and a skilled and accomplished hunter. He flew 39 combat missions in Korea and took enemy fire three times, including during an incident that forced him to land his stricken jet on its belly.
There are 800 items up for auction including a baseball in pristine condition that Babe Ruth autographed for Williams with the inscription “To my pal Ted Williams, From Babe Ruth.” That unique ball is expected to go for between $100,000 and $200,000.
Others items include Williams’ 1949 American League Most Valuable Player award that is valued between $150,000 and $250,000, a silver bat for winning the American League batting championship in 1957 valued between $100,000 and $200,000 as well as bats and jerseys that the slugger used, Hunt said as workers unpacked the memorabilia for display at a luxury suite at Fenway Park.