published Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Babe Ruth World Series watch auctioned for $700K

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    A pocket watch that was given to Babe Ruth in 1923 is displayed at Heritage Auctions office in Dallas, in this Jan. 22, 2014 file photo. The watch from the 1923 World Series sold for $717,000 Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 at auction in New York City.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NEW YORK — Babe Ruth's pocket watch from the 1923 World Series sold for $717,000 Saturday at auction in New York City.

The pentagonal 14-karat gold watch was bought by a telephone bidder who is remaining anonymous, Heritage Auctions said.

The timepiece was part of a set given to Ruth and his Yankees teammates after they beat their rivals, the New York Giants, in the 1923 World Series.

Ruth batted .368 and hit three home runs in the series, the first of the Yankees' 27 world championships.

The watch is engraved with a picture of a pitcher, hitter and catcher and a ball in flight.

It is inscribed, "Presented by Baseball Commissioner to George H. Ruth."

Ruth gave the watch to a friend, Charlie Schwefel. The seller Saturday was a collector who acquired it from a member of Schwefel's family, Heritage Auctions said.

Another highlight of the auction was a 1911 game-used bat from "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. It sold for $956,000.

Jackson was banned from baseball after he and his Chicago White Sox teammates were accused of fixing the 1919 World Series.

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