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"Babe Ruth glove" a fake, Calif. man facing 20 years in prison

Babe Ruth, June 1, 1923
AP

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK CITY - A California man who tried to sell a bogus "Babe Ruth glove" for $200,000 pleaded guilty to wire fraud Thursday and is staring at a long prison sentence.

The Babe wasn't really known for his defense, either.

Irving Scheib, 50, bought the 19th century glove on eBay for $750 in January, according to the government. Prosecutors also said Scheib claimed that the late actor Robert Young of "Father Knows Best," had the glove for a time.

The feds say Scheib is married to one of Young's granddaughters.

Prosecutors told the AP a buyer backed out of the $200,000 sale when Scheib refused to notarize a letter authenticating the glove.  An investigator had posed as the buyer.

Scheib faces up to 20 years of prison for one count of wire fraud at sentencing on Oct. 30.

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