We’ve seen references, erroneously, to is as the L.A. Sports Museum, this place that Gary Cypres has put together with his own money to house his $30 million collection of sports memorabilia. He said he didn’t want to put his own name on it, but he does have an idea some day of selling naming rights to the museum that we’ve featured in today’s column (linked here). Also check out photographer David Crane’s slide show of the place (linked here).
One of the prized items that Cypres has on display is the Dodger uniform that Babe Ruth wore in 1938, when he was a first-base coach for the Brooklyn franchise, hoping to land the next manager’s job (it eventually went to Leo Durocher).
Last week, a Ruth Brooklyn Dodgers uniform was sold at auction for $310,500, purchased by SCP Auctions for one of its clients. It was said to be the last professional uniform worn by Ruth (story linked here).
David Kohler, the SCP Auctions owner who was gracious enough to show us his Lakers’ collection at his home in Orange County this past summer, made the distinction for us — Cypress bought his Ruth home jersey through a Sothebys/SCP Auction in 2005. This road uniform is for a different client.
Kohler also passed along this incredible item that he just acquired: The ID wallet card that Ruth carried around when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox (1914-1919), written in his own hand: