Nugget of Knowledge: Historic baseballs

The Cub's World Series last-out ball could be worth millions

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Anthony Rizzo caught the last out in this year’s World Series baseball. It’s hard to think about for Tribe fans, but what happened to that ball?

One auction house said bidding on it would start at $1 million and could reach $3 million.

Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz made the final out of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals — the first time the Red Sox had won a title since 1918.

Mientkiewicz put the ball in a safety deposit box, but the Red Sox wanted it back and sued him. They settled out of court several years later, and the ball went to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

How about a fan catching a World Series home run?

If you take it home, your options are returning the ball to the team, keeping it as a souvenir or trying to sell it.

The IRS says if you keep the ball, you will have to pay taxes on it’s market value, even if you don’t sell it.

What’s market value?

Mark McGuire’s 70th home run ball still holds the price record. The guy who caught it, Phil Ozersky, sold it at auction for $3 million in 1999.

But, a Joe Dimaggio autographed ball from the 1941 World Series is listed for $3,000 on eBay.

Then, you’ll find a less famous signed World Series home run ball from 1999 — the last game of the series.

Yankee Jim Leyritz homered and signed the ball, calling it the last home run of the 20th century. It sells on e-bay for $79.99.

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