It was the historic night of August 7th, 2007, the day baseball legend, and seven NL MVP award holder Barry Bonds, broke another record at the AT&T Park where he smashed his 756th home run as a San Francisco Giant and surpassed Hank Aaron for the most career runs in Major Leagues Baseball’s history.
Barry’s homer went flying into the right-centerfield, where the crowds rushed to get a chance to get hold of the historic baseball. Chaos spread as the search continued, and Alas! one 21-year-old boy came out with his reward. Matt Murphy came out holding onto the famed baseball. His hard work ultimately paid off.
After receiving several offers from many significant parties, including Topps and several other wealthy businessmen Matt Murphy, decided it would be best to auction it off. Murphy contacted Sotheby’s Auction House, through which the ball was auction off, to a fashion designer at a whopping $752,467.
Barry Bonds historic baseball: From Ecko to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
The ball now landed in the hands of fashion designer, Marc Ecko who made a very silly decision by putting up a poll asking fans what should be done with the baseball, which had three options, to give the baseball to the Baseball Hall of Fame, to brand the baseball with an asterisk, or to send it to space.
The fans were in favor of branding the baseball with the asterisk, as a result of Barry Bonds use of performance enhancing drugs. And Ecko did exactly that. Barry Bonds publicly insulted the fashion designer saying- “He’s stupid. He’s an idiot. He spent $750,000 on that ball and that’s what he’s doing with it? What he’s doing is stupid”
The historic baseball’s journey through thick and thin finally ended in 2008, when the Baseball’s Hall of Fame accepted the ball, where till date it remains displayed.