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

Babe Ruth poses in 1919, his last season in a Boston Red Sox uniform. The Babe went 89-46 as a pitcher in his six seasons with Boston, and he was 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in three World Series starts. He might well have become a Hall of Fame pitcher. But in 1919, playing much of the season in the outfield, he hit .322 with 29 home runs, more than hinting at the greatness to come. Of course, along with the heroics came salary demands and flashes of Ruth's reckless behavior, which may have contributed to Boston's willingness to part with its star. Whatever the reason, by year's end the Babe would be a New York Yankee. AP Photo/Library of Congress

Babe Ruth, June 1, 1923
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(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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