Saturday, January 28, 2023

Judge’s record home run ball auctioned for $1.5 million

RUNNEMEDE, NJ ( Associated Press) – The ball hit by New York Yankees hitter Aaron Judge to set a new American League record of 62 home runs has been auctioned for $1.5 million.

According to Ken Goldin, CEO and founder of Goldin, it was the second highest amount ever paid for a baseball at auction. He identified the buyer as a prominent businessman and collector in the Midwest.

Bidding for the ball began on November 29 and ended on Saturday. The initial offer was one million dollars.

A November home run ball by Corey Youmans was delivered to Goldin, who was sitting in the front row of section 31 of left field at Globe Life Field on October 4, when Judge connected to lead off the second game of a doubleheader. Rangers. Youmans caught the ball out of the air with his gloves.

“That’s the magic of sports — the ball not only changed Aaron’s life, but also the life of a fan who was in the stadium that night,” Godin said in a statement. “We are proud that Cory was entrusted to present us with this historic piece for public auction.”

Youmans recognized the buyer by his first name only.

“Congratulations Joe! Given the historical significance of #62, it was important to me that the sales process be fair, accessible and transparent,” Youmans said in a statement. “Joe appears to be a great guy and the perfect guardian of this piece of MLB history.”

Former Yankee player Roger Maris set the previous record of 61 home runs in 1961.

The maximum price that can be paid for a baseball is three million dollars. It was on September 27, 1998, for Mark McGuire’s hit to reach 70 in a season. Comic book creator Todd McFarlane got the ball.

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