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Babe Ruth 500th HR bat off Willis Hudlin - autographed letter

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edited October 17, 2019 1:46AM in Autographs Forum

It is estimated that the bat used by Babe Ruth to club his 500th career home run will auction for around $1 million - if any of you want to bid, be my guest!


I can't afford that bat, but I have the next best thing - an autographed letter by the pitcher, Willis Hudlin, who served up that home run. I posted this back in 2017, but am re-posting it. Hudlin was 91 years old when I got this letter in 1997, so his handwriting is hard to read, I'll translate:
"The Babe had his good years about the same time that I had mine. Yes he hit his 500 HR off me 8/11/29 in Cleveland. It was a sinker ball that he hit. The Babe did not have much luck vs. me. In 9 years he only got a total of 5 HR's off of me. With all good wishes, Willis Hudlin".


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