Sports memorabilia can be worth a lot of money. If you own a game-used item that was part of a high-profile moment in sports history, it could be worth millions. But who would’ve thought a simple baseball would sell for $3 million?
A particular ball was part of a memorable moment in MLB history, and a celebrity wanted to make it part of his extensive sports collection. Here’s the story of the most expensive baseball.
Mark McGwire’s MLB career
Mark McGwire had a 16-year MLB career marked by controversy as he allegedly used performance-enhancing drugs. Despite how he did it, McGwire sits in 11th place on the all-time home-run list with 583 total. His most famous season came in 1998 when McGwire and Sammy Sosa famously chased Roger Maris’s single-season home run record of 61.
Both players passed that mark, with Sosa — another suspected PED user — knocking 66 balls out of the park that season. But McGwire finished the ’98 season with a then-record 70 home runs. Barry Bonds surpassed this mark three years later after Maris’ record stood for more than 35 years.