June 12, 2005
Ruth K fetches top price
The most famous contract in U.S. sports history -- the 1919 deal by which the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees -- sold at auction Friday for a record $996,000 at Sotheby's in New York.
The "yellowed contract," signed by Bosox owner Harry Frazee and Yanks owners Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L. Huston, shipped Ruth, then a star pitcher, to the Bronx in exchange for $100,000. Frazee, also known as a Broadway producer, was said to want the money to finance a production of No, No, Nanette.
Thanks to Ross Runkel of LawMemo.Com for the tip. (Photo public domain, courtesy WIkipedia.)
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