Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball sells for $403K


The ball Pete Rose smashed to left center field for his record-breaking hit No. 4,192 sold Saturday for more than $403,000 on Leland’s Auctions.

Rose drove the ball for a single on Sept. 11, 1985, at the former Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati to break the record of lifetime hits set by Ty Cobb in 1910.

RELATED: Here’s a nice All-Star vote for Votto

The ball comes with documentation, including copies of a notarized letter signed by Cincinnati Reds’ Pete Rose; a letter from the collector who first bought it from Rose and a photo of Rose and the collector. It also has PSA/DNA authenticating the baseball has “Charlie Hustle’s” handwriting, according to our media partner WCPO-TV Channel 9 in Cincinnati.

MORE: Cincinnati Reds: Shortstop market might have opened with Nats injury

The ball was first bought in 1987 as the first piece of sports memorabilia to sell for six figures, according to Leland Auctions. The ball has been up for bidding since May 23, with the starting bid $50,000, WCPO reported.

Download our free mobile apps for breaking news and weather


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

UD provides inside look at arena renovation
UD provides inside look at arena renovation

The University of Dayton shared a video updating the progress of phase two of the three-year, $72 million UD Arena renovation on Friday. The video shows the seats in the 300 and 400 levels have been removed. They will be replaced by padded seats with cupholders. UD Arena Director Scott DeBolt walked fans through the changes going on inside and outside...
McCoy: Bailey’s return crowds Reds’ rotation -- for now
McCoy: Bailey’s return crowds Reds’ rotation -- for now

A long, lanky Texan wearing blue jeans and cowboy boots walked into the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse Sunday morning, a long suit bag draped over his right shoulder. “Hey, H.B., did I leave you enough parking space?” Scooter Gennett yelled as Homer Bailey settled into his dressing cubicle. Bailey drives a large pick-up truck, Texas-style, and...
Riggleman confirms Reds will use six-man starting rotation
Riggleman confirms Reds will use six-man starting rotation

The Cincinnati Reds will use a six-man starting pitching rotation at least until the trade deadline July 31, though interim manager Jim Riggleman hopes the Reds hang onto Matt Harvey, the player most likely to be dealt. “I’ve got no indication that he’s going to be traded,” Riggleman said Sunday. Harvey (5-5, 4.63 ERA) makes...
Broken driver hasn’t slowed Green in Springfield City Am
Broken driver hasn’t slowed Green in Springfield City Am

Avery Green prepared for the Springfield City Am by hitting range balls at Young’s Jersey Dairy with some buddies. But the practice session ended abruptly when one of them borrowed Green’s driver, took a swing and snapped the graphite shaft in two. That club wasn’t as valuable as a Fabergé Egg to Green, but close. And with...
Another rain delay, another Reds loss to the Pirates
Another rain delay, another Reds loss to the Pirates

Corey Dickerson hit two first-pitch home runs, rookie Nick Kingham overcame another Cincinnati rain delay to pitch six shutout innings and drive in two runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 6-2 Saturday for their season-high eighth straight win. Dickerson homered on the first pitches he saw from Anthony DeSclafani (4-3) in the third and fifth...
More Stories