During the first game played at Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth became the first hitter to knock a ball out of it. He later autographed the bat used in that 1923 Opening Day plate appearance. In 2007, that bat sold for $1.265 million. The astronomical figure would be shocking if Ruth memorabilia didn't consistently sell for more than almost every other type of athletic artifact. But there was always something magical about "The Babe."
"We had a feeling it could be a million-dollar-plus bat," Kohler says. "That's a very special piece."