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Escobar's inside-the-park HR ball sells for $19K


The baseball that Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hit for an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first inning in Game 1 of the World Series sold Wednesday night for $19,200.

The ball was retrieved and authenticated by Major League Baseball with a QR code and a hologram. The league then put it up on its website for eight days before the auction closed after 84 bids at 11:18 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

A Game 1-used third base, which was used for the first two innings only, was also sold Wednesday night for $6,260. Two game-used balls from the game sold for $900 and $1,220.

Other World Series game-used item auctions that will close in the next couple of days include Johnny Cueto‘s first-pitch ball in Game 2 and Noah Syndergaard‘s first-pitch ball for the New York Mets in Game 3, which buzzed the head of Escobar and sent him to the ground.

Syndergaard’s Game 3 jersey is also being auctioned off.

The highest price paid for a game-used ball purchased on Major League Baseball’s website was the ball used to throw the first pitch of Game 7 of last year’s World Series, which went for $28,890.

Last year, MLB.com also sold the ball used to make Derek Jeter‘s last out for more than $24,000.

Escobar’s inside-the-park home run was the first in a World Series game since Mule Haas of the Philadelphia A’s did it in 1929.



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