News-Antique.com - Oct 16,2008 - Santa Fe, Oct. 16, 2008 -- Pittsburgh resident Emmet Cavanagh headed to Forbes Field on May 25, 1935 in hopes of watching the Pittsburgh Pirates whip the Boston Braves.
He had no idea he was about to become part of baseball history.
Cavanagh was sitting down in the right field stands. Babe Ruth was on deck and Cavanagh looked up as Ruth smacked a two-run home run right toward him.
He reached up, caught Ruth’s 712th home run ball and sat back down to watch The Babe score two more home runs.
In fact, the last home run Babe Ruth ever hit cleared the roof at the old Forbes Field that day and Ruth was the first hitter to do it.
After his 714th home run in the 7th inning Ruth was removed from the game. He went 4-for-4, drove in 6 runs and hit 3 home runs in an 11-7 loss to the Pirates.
The historic significance of the baseball Cavanagh caught speaks for itself.
On July 14, Hunt Auctions featured the signed Cavanagh, Babe Ruth 712th career home run baseball with accompanying provenance in its MLB Live Auction at DHL All-Star Fanfest held at Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
The baseball sold for $172,500.
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