The autographed bat was given by Babe Ruth to Broadway diva Tessa Kosta in 1924, which makes it part of the legend in which Ruth supposedly put a curse on his former Red Sox team, the New York Post reported Monday.
The legend says Ruth put a hex on the Sox when owner Harry Frazee sold his contract to the Yankees in 1920 for $125,000, a sum Frazee then invested in the production of the hit Broadway musical "No, No, Nanette." Ruth's move to the Yankees began a run of 26 World Series titles for the Bronx Bombers while the Red Sox, which had won the World Series in 1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918, didn't win a World Series again until 2004. They also won last season.
The Post said the bat's connection to the curse comes from the fact that Tessa Kosta's husband was Richard Madden, a theater agent who represented Eugene O'Neill and was a producer of "No, No, Nanette."
The bat will be part of an auction July 14-15 at the Javits Center in New York.