Jackie Robinson All-Star Game bat sells for $1.08 million

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(Reuters)A bat utilized by baseball leader Jackie Robinson successful the 1949 All-Star Game sold astatine auction connected Saturday for $1.08 million, New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions said.

Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball's (MLB) color obstruction successful 1947, played the Mid-Summer Classic astatine his location park, Ebbetts Field successful Brooklyn, the aforesaid twelvemonth that helium claimed the National League Most Valuable Player Award.

The bat was 1 of 2 made for Robinson for the game, Goldin said, and shows "light crippled use."

    A spokesperson for the auctioneer said helium could not supply the individuality of the buyer.

      "The bat has been successful the Robinson household archives since the time it was archetypal utilized by Jackie and I warrant that is 100% authentic," Robinson's widow, Rachel, said successful a connection provided by Goldin. The bat had antecedently hung successful the Robinson household home.

      While its seven-figure merchantability places it among the priciest pieces of sports memorabilia, the astir costly shot bat ever sold astatine auction remains 1 utilized by Babe Ruth to deed the archetypal location tally astatine Yankee Stadium successful 1923, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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