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Tuesday, December 11, was a difficult day for Linda Ruth Tosetti. More so than she actually envisioned.

Tosetti, the granddaughter of Babe Ruth and the daughter of Ruth’s only biological daughter, was stepping to the front table at a press conference conducted by Hunt Auctions to announce the auction of several Ruth items that have been in the possession of Tosetti for more than 50 years.

Staring back at her “were all these long faces.” How could you sell your grandfather’s stuff, they seemed to be saying.

In time, however, she had the room smiling as she told a couple of stories about The Babe that her mother had passed down (Linda was born seven years after Ruth’s death in 1948). One such story centered on an urn that sat amongst some of the items that will be in the Hunt auction. It was one given to Ruth while he was in Japan with several MLB stars for games against the country’s best. Tosetti recalls her mother – Dorothy Ruth Pirone – talking about how much he appreciated the Japanese fans who obviously adored the big American legend. The urn meant a lot to him …until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

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