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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