According to Goldin Auctions of New Jersey, a bat used by baseball legend, Jackie Roosevelt Robinson in the 1949 All-Star Game sold for $1.08 million (₹ 8,25,35,652).
Jack Robinson was the first African-American professional baseball player who played Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. When Robinson debuted at first base for Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, he broke baseball’s colour barrier. When Dodgers signed Robinson, it signalled the end of professional baseball’s racial segregation, which had kept black players in the Negro leagues since the 1880s. In 1962, Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Robinson won the Rookie of the Year Award for the first time in 1947, he was also an All-Star for six consecutive seasons from 1949 through 1954 and was the first black player to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949.
According to Goldin, the bat was one of two manufactured for Robinson for the game and indicated ‘little game use’.
“The bat has been in the Robinson family archives since the day it was first used by Jackie and I guarantee that is 100% authentic,” Robinson’s widow, Rachel, stated. Previously, the bat had been displayed in the Robinson family’s home.
The most expensive baseball bat ever sold at auction, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the one used by Babe Ruth to hit the inaugural home run at the Yankee Stadium in 1923.