Heritage Pulls Babe Ruth World Series Glove From Auction To ‘Conduct Further Research’

Babe Ruth’s 1916 World Series glove he wore while playing for the Boston Red Sox was pulled from auction after bidding was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Heritage Auctions surprisingly pulled the glove with 11 hours left before the auction’s close.

“Heritage takes great care to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of every item we offer. While the Ruth glove has multiple third party authentications, we removed it to conduct further research into its background,” Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at Heritage, told Darren Rovell.

Prior to the auction, the Ruth glove was authenticated by Steve Grad — the principal authenticator for Beckett Authentication Services. Despite being authenticated, the glove was not photo-matched, according to The Collectibles Guru.

Ruth purportedly wore the glove during the Red Sox’s 1916 World Series win over the Brooklyn Robins — who would later become the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ruth tossed a gem in Game 2 — a 14-inning complete game in a 2-1 win. It still remains the longest pitching outing in postseason history.

“This glove holds history in its palm: Until now, the earliest known Ruth-used glove dated to his tenure with the New York Yankees. But written all over this glove is an extraordinary tale that predates Ruth’s superstardom in the Bronx,” writes Heritage Auctions in a media release. “As Steve Grad, the principal authenticator for Beckett Authentication Services, noted when examining the glove, Ruth signed it twice — once in 1916, alongside the Red Sox’s title-team roster and the box score, then again decades later, when Babe added that this was the ‘Glove I used in the 1916 World Series.’ That second autograph accompanies Ruth’s handwritten annotation.”

Bidding was nearing $400,000 when the Ruth glove was pulled from auction.

In November 2022, Hunt Auctions sold a Babe Ruth glove for a record $1.53 million.

HobbyListings has reached out to Heritage Auctions for comment.

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