Man pleads guilty after Ruth ruse

Updated: June 29, 2012, 2:00 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- 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.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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