An “anonymous and passionate baseball fan” has loaned to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum the earliest-known uniform top worn by Babe Ruth.
The donor in May purchased the circa-1920 New York Yankees road jersey.
The Ruth jersey is now on display in Babe Ruth’s locker in the Babe Ruth Gallery. The jersey is expected to remain on display through Hall of Fame Weekend 2013, but will be off display from July 24-Aug. 9.
Ruth was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1936 as part of the inaugural class. Originally a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, Ruth’s contract was sold to the Yankees prior to the 1920 season.
The jersey features “NEW YORK” across the chest in blue lettering. Ruth’s name and initials are written inside the collar in faded pink script — “Ruth, G.H.,” – George Herman Ruth.