Babe Ruth's Bat Discovered
Aug. 21, 2002
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ The bat Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium was found after languishing under a bed for two decades.
The owner of the bat plans to put it up for auction soon, Professional Sports Authenticators, a sports memorabilia company, said Tuesday.
Ruth hit the homer in the third inning April 18, 1923. The three-run shot led the Yankees past the Boston Red Sox 4-1.
He autographed and inscribed the 45-ounce bat to Victor Orsatti, a winner of a California youth home run-hitting contest. Orsatti, who became a Hollywood talent agent, died in 1984.
The bat was passed from Orsatti to a woman who kept it under her bed for 20 years. The woman's name was not released.
The bat recently was acquired from the woman's family by Sports Cards Plus of Laguna Niguel, Calif., said James Spence of Professional Sports Authenticators.