Boomer's Babe Ruth cap up for auction
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.
Babe Ruth's 1934 Yankees cap, famously donned by Bombers hurler David "Boomer" Wells in a 1997 game, is going, going, gone to the auction block.
The Bambino's hat is expected to go for at least $300,000, auctioneers said Monday.
"It has been an honor to be the caretaker of his Yankees cap for all these years," Wells said in a statement from SCP Auctions in Laguna Niguel, Calif. "I'll never forget what a thrill it was to honor the Babe by bringing the cap back to Yankee Stadium and wearing it on the mound."
Wells, a devoted Ruth fan, wore the cap on June 28, 1997, for a game against the Cleveland Indians.
Then-manager Joe Torre ordered his hefty lefty to take if off after one inning, fearing baseball would come down on the Yanks or Wells for violating uniform rules.
"The condition is amazing. It has all the wear you want — sweat underneath, in the head band," SCP president David Kohler said. "You don't want a perfect, mint cap."
The auction house has opened bidding, and the online sale goes through May 19.