A baseball signed at the inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame induction In 1939 by all of the inductees who attended the ceremony sold for $623,369, shattering the record of $388,375 in 2012 for a signed ball.
11 of the 12 men who were deemed the first group of greats, including Babe Ruth, Cy Young and Walter Johnson.
The signature missing is that of Lou Gehrig, who was too sick to attend the 1939 induction.
With his red socks pulled high to his knees, Jim Thome pointed his bat outward in his well-known stance before taking a swing and one last trip around the bases in the ballpark where his number is now on permanent display. Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, who is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA and is among the AL leaders in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts, will miss 4-6 weeks because of a fracture in his leg.
On Saturday, the Cleveland Indians retired Thome's No. 25, honoring the Hall of Fame slugger with an emotional pregame ceremony before dropping a 2-1 decision to the Baltimore Orioles, another of the six teams Thome played for from 1991 to 2012.