California man could face jail time for Babe Ruth glove ruse

9:15 AM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
Babe Ruth is interviewed by Hal Totten at Chicago's Comiskey Park.
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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) - A California man has pleaded guilty in a New York court to trying to sell for $200,000 a 19th-century baseball glove he falsely claimed belonged to Babe Ruth.

Irving Scheib entered the plea to a count of wire fraud in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday.

The government says the Bonsall, Calif., resident bought the glove on eBay for $750 in January. It says he then claimed the late "Father Knows Best" actor Robert Young had gotten the glove.

The government says Scheib is married to one of the actor's granddaughters.

Prosecutors say a buyer backed out after Scheib refused to notarize a letter. They say Scheib was caught after an investigator posed as a New York buyer.

The 50-year-old Scheib faces up to 20 years in prison on Oct. 30.

A circa 1920 jersey worn by Ruth sold for more than $4.4 million at auction in May.

Should Scheib get jail time? Be heard in the comments below...

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