Eve

By Eve

LifeBuzz Staff

Man Sees Baseball Bat At Garage Sale For $1, Realizes It's Priceless.

Carved In Wood

Carved In Wood

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He held the lead pencil sideways and continued to rub it into the wood. The grey lead filled the grooves of the letters. He held the bat up to the light to show Sue. There it was, the name carved into wood: Jackie Robinson. But how in the world did Sue have such a rare item?

Uncle Lefty Joe

Uncle Lefty Joe

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Sue explained to Bruce, “My uncle Joe Hatten played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was a left-handed pitcher and they called him Lefty Joe and he and Jackie played baseball together in the 40s. And yes he was one of the few players that would room with Jackie."

Important Moment In History

Important Moment In History

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Jackie Robinson, also known as Brooklyn Dodger Jack Roosevelt Robinson, was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB). He received many awards including National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949—the first black player so honored. So the old wooden bat symbolized a very important time in history.

A Baseball Legend

 A Baseball Legend

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Robinson had an exceptional baseball career. Some other awards he received include MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947 and All-Star for 6 consecutive seasons. In 1962, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sue's revelation blew Bruce away. “...I just thought that was incredible,” he said in an interview.

Baseball History

Baseball History

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Bruce's exciting discovery made the news and it spread all over town. It just so happened that the College World Series baseball tournament was hosting an exhibition about the history of African-American baseball players. The chairman and president of the institution, Jim Beatty, got wind of Sue's rare baseball bat.

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