Mickey Mantle’s 535th home run wasn’t totally legit — Detroit Tigers pitcher Danny McLain served up a softball to the Commerce Comet, tipping the record books in his favor. Itwas a gift for the Mick, who would retire next season.
Sometime after that game he gave his jersey to his friend Tom Catal, curator of the Mickey Mantle Museum in Cooperstown, New York. He signed it, “To Tom, A great friend always, The Mick.”
The jerseywent up for auction in 2012 at a starting bid of $50,000, and sold for a final price, including buyer’s premium, of $366,967 after 19 bids.