Stolen: Babe Ruth's Last Will and Testament

By: Jim Dossey, MS, MBA, JD
In 2010, Babe Ruth’s Last Will and Testament was stolen from the New York City courthouse where it was originally filed in 1948. The Will was returned to the courthouse in 2012 due to a court action brought by the New York State Attorney General’s office. The collector in possession of the Will had bought the Will for $30,000 from Babe Ruth’s lawyer’s grandson.

Evidently, there is a thriving black market for the Wills of famous sports figures. Although the sports figure may have signed thousands of autographs during his career, their Last Will and Testament is often the last official signature given during their life. To this day, the wills for many Hall of Famers are missing, including Jimmy Collins, Joe McCarthy, Jesse Burkett, Jack Chesbro, James O’Rourke, Roger Conner, John J. Evers, Tommy McCarthy, Tim Keefe, Harry Wright, and Jackie Robinson. (see

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