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Babe Ruth pocket watch and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson bat among items sold at NYC auction

Feb 23, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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Some cool items were sold this weekend at a sports memorabilia auction in New York City. The product descriptions and winning bids come from Kevin Manahan at the Newark Star-Ledger …

  • A 1911 game-used bat that belonged to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was the highest-grossing item at $958,000.
  • Babe Ruth’s commemorative pocket watch from the 1923 World Series, made of 14-karat gold, sold for $717,000.
  • Shards of the broken bat Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza during the 2000 Subway Series went for $47,500.

On the non-baseball side: boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali when he upset heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in 1964 sold for $836,500. Ali still went by Cassius Clay at the time of that fight.

  1. happytwinsfan - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    i’d pay good money for shoeless joe jackson’s shoes.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      You’ll need a pair of Dr. Scholls insoles.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        And you need that metal plate in your head adjusted, with that said that pocket watch is incredible.

  2. donniev77 - Feb 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Those are really cool items. Always makes me shake my head though that this type of memorabilia is bought and sold for figures approaching up to a million bucks so frequently.

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