One of the most famous documents in sports is going up for auction. The sales contract of Babe Ruth, forged in December 1919, that sent the pitcher and slugger from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees is being sold by auctioneer Lelands.com. Leland's Josh Evans said that the document being sold is the original copy of the contract owned by then Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert. The copy once owned by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee last sold for $996,000 in 2005. "This is the 'Curse of the Bambino,'" Evans said. "It transcends everything. It changed America." In the early 1990s, Evans said he visited the home of famed collector Barry Halper and saw a binder labeled "Ruth." In it, Evans said, were
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Lou Merloni has been critical of John Farrell, but he thinks firing him mid season wouldn't be the right move.