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Historic Bat Fetches 500k At Auction

November 14th 2010 17:31
: Historic Bat Fetches 500k At Auction

One of the greatest moments in baseball history has been sold at auction. The bat used by Kirk Gibson's unlikely pinch hit home run off the A's great closer Dennis Eckersley sold for 500,000.

As most baseball fans know, Gibson was hurt during the series and hobbled up to plate for the game ending hit that will forever be engrained in Dodger's fans greatest moments.

The auction also included Gibson's 1988 World Series batting helmet ($153,388.80), NL MVP award ($110,293.20), World Series trophy ($45,578.40) and a World Series road uniform ($9,664.80). Proceeds from the sale of the World Series trophy and MVP award will benefit the Kirk Gibson Foundation, which supplies scholarships to deserving Michigan student athletes.

The identities of the winning bidders weren't revealed.

Also sold at the auction was a 1934 Babe Ruth professional-model bat used to hit career home run No. 702 which sold for $137,865.60, a Ty Cobb H&B side-written professional model game-used bat went for $75,330, and a 1953 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees game-worn, autographed road jersey sold for $62,256.

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