Villarreal v Rangers: Europa League – live!

Villarreal v Rangers: Europa League – live!

Steven Gerrard’s team twice came from behind to earn a draw in Spain

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Kyle Lafferty of Rangers scores his sides second goal to make it 2-2.




Kyle Lafferty of Rangers scores his sides second goal to make it 2-2.
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Two announcers for Detroit Tigers 'got into severe fight' after a game

Two announcers for Detroit Tigers 'got into severe fight' after a game

Two baseball announcers for the Detroit Tigers ‘got into a severe fight’ after a game – forcing Fox Sports to find two last-minute replacements the next night

  • Reported brawl took place at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Tuesday
  • Fox Sports Detroit’s Mario Impemba and Rod Allen ‘had to be separated’ 
  • The next night, Fox Sports summoned Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson to fill in
  • Impemba, 55, and Allen, 58, are known to have a tense relationship 

Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com

The Detroit Tigers are having a rotten season on the field, but there appears to be more drama with the team’s television announcers in the broadcast booth. 

Two Fox Sports broadcasters who announce Tigers baseball games reportedly became involved in a ‘severe’ physical altercation after a recent game.

Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, who have been calling Tigers games for the past 17 seasons for Fox Sports Detroit, got into a brawl after Tuesday’s contest against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, it has been reported.

The altercation prompted management to bring in two replacements – Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson – who worked Wednesday night’s Tigers game, according to The Athletic.

Mario Impemba (right) and Rod Allen (left), who have been calling Tigers games for the past 17 seasons for Fox Sports Detroit, got into a brawl after Tuesday’s contest against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, it has been reported

Mario Impemba (right) and Rod Allen (left), who have been calling Tigers games for the past 17 seasons for Fox Sports Detroit, got into a brawl after Tuesday’s contest against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, it has been reported

Mario Impemba (right) and Rod Allen (left), who have been calling Tigers games for the past 17 seasons for Fox Sports Detroit, got into a brawl after Tuesday’s contest against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, it has been reported

Mario Impemba

Mario Impemba

Rod Allen

Rod Allen

The relationship between Impemba (left), 55, and Allen (right), 58, which has normally been tense, became so heated that the two men had separate travel arrangements booked so that there would be no further escalation

The brawl was broken up by an unidentified third party.

It is not clear what prompted the fight, but sources told the Detroit Free Press that it was ‘severe’ in nature.

Shepard and Gibson were last-minute replacements for Impemba and Allen.

The relationship between Impemba, 55, and Allen, 58, which has normally been tense, became so heated that the two men had separate travel arrangements booked so that there would be no further escalation.

Allen, Impemba, and their representatives all declined to comment on the matter.

Fox Sports Detroit general manager Greg Hammaren did not deny the reports of a fight.

The altercation prompted management to bring in two replacements - Matt Shepard (left) and Kirk Gibson (right) - who worked Wednesday night’s Tigers game

The altercation prompted management to bring in two replacements - Matt Shepard (left) and Kirk Gibson (right) - who worked Wednesday night’s Tigers game

The altercation prompted management to bring in two replacements – Matt Shepard (left) and Kirk Gibson (right) – who worked Wednesday night’s Tigers game

‘My only comment is this we are addressing an internal matter and we will not have any further comment at this time,’ Hammaren told The Athletic.

Observers of the two men say that they have distinct personalities and broadcasting styles.

While it may make for compelling on-air banter, it has led to frayed ties off the air.

‘They’re like an odd couple,’ a person familiar with the behind-the-scenes machinations told The Athletic.

It is unclear whether either of the two men will file a police report.

Allen and Impemba are due to meet with Fox Sports Detroit executives on Thursday to address the matter.

It is not clear if they will be suspended. The Tigers next play on Friday, when they welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to Comerica Park in Detroit. 

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Two nearly-identical minor league pitchers named Brady Feigl share the same name, height and glasses

Two nearly-identical minor league pitchers named Brady Feigl share the same name, height and glasses

Who is the real Brady Feigl? Two nearly-identical minor league baseball pitchers share the same name, height, glasses and orthopedic surgeon

  • Right-handed Brady Gregory Feigl is 22, was born in Missouri, played at Mississippi, and is now plays for a Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics
  • Left-handed Brady Matthew Feigl is 27, was born in Maryland, played at Mount St. Mary’s, and plays on the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas
  • Even the 22-year-old Feigl’s alma mater got confused while wishing him a happy birthday last year: ‘Well,’ joked the Ole miss Twitter account, ‘this is awkward’
  • Truthfully, they do look somewhat different when they’re shaven, and the 22-year-old Feigl outweighs the elder by over 30 pounds
  • They learned about each other after the younger Feigl was mistaken for the older by the office of the surgeon who operated on their elbows in 2015  

Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com

Brady Feigl is a 6ft4 minor league pitcher with a red beard, black-rimmed glasses, and one remarkable trait: there’s two of him.

That distinction – or, rather, indistinction – was unearthed by Texas Rangers beat writer Levi Weaver on Twitter, when he posted head shots of two minor league pitchers who happen to look nearly identical, stand 6ft4, and have the name ‘Brady Feigl.’

But as hard as it is to believe that the Brady Feigls have different parents and social security numbers, the two of them were actually born five years apart and they throw with opposite hands.

Brady Feigl (pictured) is a 6ft4 minor league pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in 2015 performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgery Dr. James Andrews.

Brady Feigl (pictured) is a 6ft4 minor league pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in 2015 performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgery Dr. James Andrews.

Brady Feigl (pictured) is a 6ft4 minor league pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in 2015 performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgery Dr. James Andrews.

Brady Feigl (pictured) is a 6ft4 minor league pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in 2015 performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgery Dr. James Andrews.

Brady Feigl (left) is a 6ft4 minor league pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in 2015 performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgery Dr. James Andrews. Also, Brady Feigl (right) is a 6ft4 minor league pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in 2015 performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgery Dr. James Andrews.

After a stellar career at college baseball powerhouse Ole Miss, the right-handed Feigl now plays for Single-A Beloit in the Oakland A's system. He outweighs the other Feigl by 35 pounds

After a stellar career at college baseball powerhouse Ole Miss, the right-handed Feigl now plays for Single-A Beloit in the Oakland A's system. He outweighs the other Feigl by 35 pounds

After a stellar career at college baseball powerhouse Ole Miss, the right-handed Feigl now plays for Single-A Beloit in the Oakland A’s system. He outweighs the other Feigl by 35 pounds

Right-handed Brady Gregory Feigl is 22, was born in Missouri, played collegiately at Mississippi, and is now a member of the Single-A Beloit (Wisconsin) Snappers – an Oakland Athletics affiliate. His 27-year-old doppelganger Brady Matthew Feigl is a southpaw and Maryland native who played collegiately in his home state at Mount St. Mary’s and is now a member of the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock (Texas) Express.

The two have, naturally, been confused for each other from time to time.

The elder Brady Feigl is a 27-year-old who weighs 35 pounds less than the right-handed Feigl and pitches for Triple-A Round Rock 

The elder Brady Feigl is a 27-year-old who weighs 35 pounds less than the right-handed Feigl and pitches for Triple-A Round Rock 

The elder Brady Feigl is a 27-year-old who weighs 35 pounds less than the right-handed Feigl and pitches for Triple-A Round Rock 

Even the operator of the Ole Miss social media account confused the two when wishing right-handed Brady Feigl ‘happy birthday’ on Twitter in November of 2017.

‘Wrong Brady Feigl,’ responded Brady Matthew Feigl, who never played at Ole Miss. ‘Might be looking for @bfeigl39.’

‘Well….this is awkward,’ responded the Rebels’ account. ‘Our bad.’

That social media user was Ole Miss marketing graduate assistant Mary Claire Hamner, who could not believe what she had stumbled upon.

‘I’m just astounded,’ Hamner told the Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion Ledger in April. ‘Like there’s no way I made this mistake. But they [her bosses] also can’t get mad at me for making the mistake.’

Truthfully, they do look somewhat different when they’re shaven, and the 22-year-old Feigl outweighs the elder by over 30 pounds.

The two players had no idea the other existed until 2015, when they both had the elbow procedure known as Tommy John surgery performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

In addition to being confused for each other on Twitter, the elder Feigl makes sure to double-check any baseball card before signing: 'He has like a Perfect Game card. I'm always like, "Ah, yeah, it's not me. I'm sorry, I can't sign it." They're like, "Can you still sign it?" I'm like, "No, I'm sorry, it's not my card"'

In addition to being confused for each other on Twitter, the elder Feigl makes sure to double-check any baseball card before signing: 'He has like a Perfect Game card. I'm always like, "Ah, yeah, it's not me. I'm sorry, I can't sign it." They're like, "Can you still sign it?" I'm like, "No, I'm sorry, it's not my card"'

In addition to being confused for each other on Twitter, the elder Feigl makes sure to double-check any baseball card before signing: ‘He has like a Perfect Game card. I’m always like, “Ah, yeah, it’s not me. I’m sorry, I can’t sign it.” They’re like, “Can you still sign it?” I’m like, “No, I’m sorry, it’s not my card”‘

‘The way we found about it actually (was through) Dr. Andrews’ office,’ right-handed Brady Feigl told the Ledger. ‘He’s the guy who (performed) both of our surgeries. I was probably six or seven months out of surgery and their office called our trainer and said, “Hey, when’s Brady reporting for surgery? Is he getting down here tomorrow?” He was like, “He had it six months ago. What are you talking about?”

‘That’s how I found out there was two of us.’

The two have inadvertently picked up some twitter followers intended for the other Feigl, and the 27-year-old southpaw said he makes sure to double check any baseball card before signing his autograph.

‘He has like a Perfect Game card. I’m always like, “Ah, yeah, it’s not me. I’m sorry, I can’t sign it,”‘ said the elder Feigl. ‘They’re like, “Can you still sign it?” I’m like, “No, I’m sorry, it’s not my card.”‘ 

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'Dodger killer' Justin Verlander gets fake $1Million charge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

'Dodger killer' Justin Verlander gets fake $1Million charge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

‘Dodger killer’ Justin Verlander gets pranked with $1million charge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for beating the home team in the 2017 World Series

  • Houston Astros pitcher stopped for lunch at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday while in town to play a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels
  • While there, the staff jokingly slipped him a $1 million bill labeled ‘Dodger killer’
  • The Astros beat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, clinching the title while in Los Angeles for Game 7, with a final score of 5-1
  • Verlander played no small part in that victory in his first year on the team
  • The MLB veteran had a sense of humor about the joke, sharing it on social media
  • As the sixth highest paid player in the league, he could have paid it if he had to

Stephanie Haney For Dailymail.com

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, 35, got more than he bargained for when he received his guest check on Friday, from one of Los Angeles’ finest establishments.

His already pricey lunch at the Bevery Hills Hotel came with an extra charge he wasn’t expecting, listed under ‘Dodger killer’ and carrying a $1,000,000 price tag. 

The joke was a reference to his 2017 World Series win over Los Angeles in Dodger Stadium, taking the title home to Texas after a 5-1 win in the seventh game of the series.

‘#BeverlyHillsHotel really making me pay for that World Series win [two crying lauging emojis],’ Verlander wrote on Instagram, along with a photo of the ticket. ‘Thanks for the great lunch as always!’

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, 35, got punked with a fake $1 million fee from the staff at the Beverly Hills Hotel for beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series; Verlander is seen here blowing a bubble after being relieved in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on August 19 in Oakland, California

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, 35, got punked with a fake $1 million fee from the staff at the Beverly Hills Hotel for beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series; Verlander is seen here blowing a bubble after being relieved in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on August 19 in Oakland, California

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, 35, got punked with a fake $1 million fee from the staff at the Beverly Hills Hotel for beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series; Verlander is seen here blowing a bubble after being relieved in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on August 19 in Oakland, California

The MLB veteran had a good sense of humor about the joke, sharing it on social media

The MLB veteran had a good sense of humor about the joke, sharing it on social media

The MLB veteran had a good sense of humor about the joke, sharing it on social media

Verlander played an integral role in beating the Dodgers last year, despite spending the entirety of Game 7 off of the field.

‘I’ve never finished a game in the bullpen,’ Verlander told MLB.com at the time, laughing. 

He’d also never finished a play-offs run with a World Series title.

But thanks to an August 2017 waiver trade, Verlander finally found himself on the winning team, after 13 years in the league, with the Detroit Tigers.

And on November 1, when the final out landed in the glove of Yuli Gurriel, the Astros franchises got its first World Series win, too. 

Verlander played an integral role in beating the Dodgers last year, taking a selfie with wife Kate Hupton after the Astros clinched the championship in Game 7 on November 1 in Los Angeles

Verlander played an integral role in beating the Dodgers last year, taking a selfie with wife Kate Hupton after the Astros clinched the championship in Game 7 on November 1 in Los Angeles

Verlander played an integral role in beating the Dodgers last year, taking a selfie with wife Kate Hupton after the Astros clinched the championship in Game 7 on November 1 in Los Angeles

Verlander described the moment he realized that his team had achieved the ultimate goal. 

‘I just started running to get to the dogpile as quick as I could. It was a pretty cool moment,’ he said.

‘I remember running and looking to my left and right and seeing my teammates, and how excited everyone was, and we’re full sprint. That’s probably the moment that will stick in my head the most.’

This time, Kate Upton’s husband was back in La La land for a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels.

So far, the Astros have won two of the three scheduled games, winning 9-3 on Friday and 8-3 on Saturday. 

Kate Upton's husband was back in La La land for a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels; He rested on Friday and pitched six innings on Saturday, allowing six hits, three earned runs, and two walks, while forcing six strikeouts

Kate Upton's husband was back in La La land for a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels; He rested on Friday and pitched six innings on Saturday, allowing six hits, three earned runs, and two walks, while forcing six strikeouts

Kate Upton’s husband was back in La La land for a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels; He rested on Friday and pitched six innings on Saturday, allowing six hits, three earned runs, and two walks, while forcing six strikeouts

During Game 6 against the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series (shown here, which was the last game he pitched during of the series), Verlander allowed only three hits and two earned runs, giving up no walks and clinching nine strikeouts, over six innings

During Game 6 against the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series (shown here, which was the last game he pitched during of the series), Verlander allowed only three hits and two earned runs, giving up no walks and clinching nine strikeouts, over six innings

During Game 6 against the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series (shown here, which was the last game he pitched during of the series), Verlander allowed only three hits and two earned runs, giving up no walks and clinching nine strikeouts, over six innings

Verlander rested on Friday, and pitched six innings in Saturday’s game. He allowed six hits, three earned runs, and two walks, while forcing six strikeouts. 

During Game 6 against the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series (which was the last game he pitched during of the series), Verlander allowed only three hits and two earned runs, giving up no walks and clinching nine strikeouts, over six innings.

The fake million-dollar fee from the luxury hotel would have been a hefty price to pay for anyone to pay for beating the home team, but if he had to, Verlander could have swung it.

His 2018 salary is $28 million, and he’s earning another $1 million in endorsements, according to Forbes.

Those figures combine to make him the sixth-highest paid Major League Baseball player, this year.

Rumor has it that he also has a heart of gold, reportedly pledging to donate his 2017 playoff fees earned, totaling about $439,000, plus an additional $100,000 to Hurricane Harvey victims.

The fake million-dollar fee from the luxurious Bevery Hills Hotel (shown) would have been a hefty price to pay for anyone to pay for beating the home team, but if he had to, Verlander could have swung it, as he's currently the sixth-highest paid player in the league

The fake million-dollar fee from the luxurious Bevery Hills Hotel (shown) would have been a hefty price to pay for anyone to pay for beating the home team, but if he had to, Verlander could have swung it, as he's currently the sixth-highest paid player in the league

The fake million-dollar fee from the luxurious Bevery Hills Hotel (shown) would have been a hefty price to pay for anyone to pay for beating the home team, but if he had to, Verlander could have swung it, as he’s currently the sixth-highest paid player in the league

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Nun throws perfect first pitch at White Sox-Royals game

Nun throws perfect first pitch at White Sox-Royals game

Sister Slugger! Nun becomes an internet sensation after throwing perfect first pitch at the White Sox-Royals game

  • Sister Mary Jo Sobiek threw the ceremonial pitch in Chicago on Saturday night 
  • First she showed off a slick arm-bounce move before throwing a perfect strike
  • She then happily hammed it up for the crowd as she walked off the baseball field
  • Even White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito called Sister Mary Jo’s moves ‘awesome’

Anneta Konstantinides For Dailymail.com

Move over Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, there’s a new nun stealing the hearts of sports fans across America.

Sister Mary Jo Sobiek has become an overnight internet sensation after throwing a near perfect pitch before the White Sox played the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. 

The Marian Catholic School nun was selected for the ceremonial first pitch at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, and her performance was divine.

Before she delivered her jaw-dropping pitch, Sister Mary Jo even showed off a slick trick as she bounced the ball on her inner elbow. 

Sister Mary Jo Sobiek has become an overnight internet sensation after throwing a near perfect pitch before the White Sox played the Kansas City Royals on Saturday

Sister Mary Jo Sobiek has become an overnight internet sensation after throwing a near perfect pitch before the White Sox played the Kansas City Royals on Saturday

Sister Mary Jo Sobiek has become an overnight internet sensation after throwing a near perfect pitch before the White Sox played the Kansas City Royals on Saturday

The Marian Catholic School nun was selected for the ceremonial first pitch at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, and her performance was divine

The Marian Catholic School nun was selected for the ceremonial first pitch at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, and her performance was divine

The Marian Catholic School nun was selected for the ceremonial first pitch at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, and her performance was divine

Then the nun wound up and threw a perfect strike to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito. 

Her moves were so good that Giolito himself called them ‘awesome’. 

‘She had a whole routine,’ he told MLB.com. ‘She had it planned out.’ 

‘I was just lucky to be back there. She threw a perfect pitch. It ended up being great.’  

Before she delivered her jaw-dropping pitch, Sister Mary Jo even showed off a slick trick

Before she delivered her jaw-dropping pitch, Sister Mary Jo even showed off a slick trick

She bounced the ball on her inner-elbow, catching it with the same hand

She bounced the ball on her inner-elbow, catching it with the same hand

Before she delivered her jaw-dropping pitch, Sister Mary Jo even showed off a slick trick as she bounced the ball on her inner elbow and caught it with the same hand

Then the nun wound up and threw a perfect strike to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito

Then the nun wound up and threw a perfect strike to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito

Then the nun wound up and threw a perfect strike to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito

Her moves were so good that Giolito himself called them 'awesome' after her pitch on Saturday

Her moves were so good that Giolito himself called them 'awesome' after her pitch on Saturday

Her moves were so good that Giolito himself called them ‘awesome’ after her pitch on Saturday

Even White Sox manager Rick Renteria had to admit she was ‘pretty good’, revealing that he spotted the nun practicing before her big moment. 

‘She had a mitt and a ball. She stepped back at about 45 feet and threw a bullet,’ he recalled. 

‘I’m like, “Wait a minute”. He threw it back to her and she fielded it barehanded. I was like, “Okay, she looks like she can play a little bit”‘. 

Renteria said he later chatted with Sister Mary Jo and found out she used to play center and short in softball. 

Sister Mary Jo then happily hammed it up from the crowd as she walked off the field 

Sister Mary Jo then happily hammed it up from the crowd as she walked off the field 

Sister Mary Jo then happily hammed it up from the crowd as she walked off the field 

Sister Mary Jo was so good that even the White Sox sait it was one of the 'most impressive pitches' of all time 

Sister Mary Jo was so good that even the White Sox sait it was one of the 'most impressive pitches' of all time 

Sister Mary Jo was so good that even the White Sox sait it was one of the ‘most impressive pitches’ of all time 

He even asked the nun if she would play for the team, and she happily agreed. 

And it seems like the White Sox could use her help after they lost 3-1 to the Royals on Saturday night.

Perhaps she could link up with Sister Jean, who became America’s sweetheart as she cheered on the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers during their Cinderella run at this year’s NCAA tournament. 

Now that would be some divine intervention. 

But don't put Sister Mary Jo's great performance down to divine intervention. The former softball player was practicing in her high school's gym before the game 

But don't put Sister Mary Jo's great performance down to divine intervention. The former softball player was practicing in her high school's gym before the game 

But don’t put Sister Mary Jo’s great performance down to divine intervention. The former softball player was practicing in her high school’s gym before the game 

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Baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson in 1939 sells for a record $623K

Baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson in 1939 sells for a record $623K

‘The most important and valuable autographed baseball in the world’: Souvenir signed by Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, and Honus Wagner at the Hall of Fame’s first induction ceremony sells for a record $623K

  • Former Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox third baseman Marv Owen got 11 signatures at Cooperstown’s first induction ceremony on a single baseball in ’39
  • Owen preserved the ball in a fur-lined glove that he kept in a safe deposit box
  • Although Owen passed away in 1991, the ball was auctioned off on Saturday for a record $623,369 – nearly doubling the previous record for a signed baseball
  • The largest price ever paid for a baseball was $3 million, which is what one collector spent in 1999 for Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball from 1998  

Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com

Former Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox third baseman Marv Owen’s impact on professional baseball may be unremarkable, but the late Major Leaguer helped set a record over the weekend when a ball he had autographed by 11 members of the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1939 was sold at auction for a whopping $623,369.

Those who signed the most valuable autographed baseball ever include sluggers Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb as well as legendary pitchers Cy Young and Walter Johnson. The missing signature on the ball is that of Lou Gehrig, who was too sick with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to attend the first induction ceremony. 

Prior to his death in 1991, Owen had the foresight to store the ball in a fur-lined glove that he kept in a safe deposit box, which is why the piece is in such good condition.

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner are just three of the 11 signatures on the ball 

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner are just three of the 11 signatures on the ball 

Marv Owen got 11 signatures on a baseball in 1939 that sold for $623,369 on Saturday night

Marv Owen got 11 signatures on a baseball in 1939 that sold for $623,369 on Saturday night

Legendary sluggers Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner are just three of the 11 signatures found on the ball, which former Tigers third baseman Marv Owen (right) passed around at the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York in 1939 

According to ESPN , the previous record for a signed baseball was $388,375 in 2012 for a souvenir with Babe Ruth's signature. Ruth was a member of baseball's first Hall of Fame class

According to ESPN , the previous record for a signed baseball was $388,375 in 2012 for a souvenir with Babe Ruth's signature. Ruth was a member of baseball's first Hall of Fame class

According to ESPN , the previous record for a signed baseball was $388,375 in 2012 for a souvenir with Babe Ruth’s signature. Ruth was a member of baseball’s first Hall of Fame class

‘The sheer greatness of this ball is simply unrivaled,’ SCP Auctions president David Kohler said in a statement. ‘Its historical importance compounded by the impeccable provenance and state of preservation elevate it to singular status as the most important and valuable autographed baseball in the world. The final price certainly proved this.’

The induction ceremony in 1939 included Hall of Fame classes from 1936 to 39. 

Other members of that class include former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, Philadelphia Athletics second baseman Eddie Collins, St. Louise Browns first baseman George Sisler, Cleveland Naps second baseman Nap Lajoie (the team’s namesake), Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians center fielder Tris Speaker, as well as Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Athletics manager Connie Mack. 

(From left) Lou Gehrig, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, and Babe Ruth were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1939, but Gehrig was too sick with ALS to attend  

(From left) Lou Gehrig, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, and Babe Ruth were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1939, but Gehrig was too sick with ALS to attend  

(From left) Lou Gehrig, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, and Babe Ruth were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1939, but Gehrig was too sick with ALS to attend  

Ty Cobb was not the most popular baseball player ever, but he was a member of the first Hall of Fame class in 1936. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1939 when the museum opened

Ty Cobb was not the most popular baseball player ever, but he was a member of the first Hall of Fame class in 1936. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1939 when the museum opened

Grover Cleveland Alexander, with the St. Louis Cardinals at Spring Training in Avon Park, Florida

Grover Cleveland Alexander, with the St. Louis Cardinals at Spring Training in Avon Park, Florida

Ty Cobb (left) and Grover Cleveland Alexander (right) both signed the nearly-priceless ball

Honus Wagner memorabilia is quite valuable. His baseball card has sold for over $2 million

Honus Wagner memorabilia is quite valuable. His baseball card has sold for over $2 million

Honus Wagner memorabilia is quite valuable. His baseball card has sold for over $2 million

The price hit $156,000 on Friday night, but things progressed quickly from there, and by Saturday the ball had sold for over $600,000.  

According to ESPN, the previous record for a signed baseball was $388,375 in 2012 for a souvenir with Ruth’s signature.

The largest price ever paid for a baseball was $3 million, which is what collector Todd McFarlane spent in 1999 for Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball from the previous season.

Valuable collectibles have been popping up in the news frequently.

Earlier this month, two New Jersey men were stunned to discover five Mickey Mantle cards had been stored in an old stash, one of which was valued at $1 million.

A 76-year-old man who asked to be identified only by his first name, John, saw that former NFL lineman Evan Mathis sold  Mickey Mantle card for $2.88 million. 

Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia Athletics poses for a portrait during the 1911 World Series against the New York Giants circa October, 1911 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia Athletics poses for a portrait during the 1911 World Series against the New York Giants circa October, 1911 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Denton 'Cy' Young warms up before a game

Denton 'Cy' Young warms up before a game

(Left) Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia Athletics poses for a portrait during the 1911 World Series against the New York Giants circa October, 1911 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Right) Denton ‘Cy’ Young warms up before a game 

Walter Johnson (known as 'The Big Train') was the game's top pitcher for nearly 20 years 

Walter Johnson (known as 'The Big Train') was the game's top pitcher for nearly 20 years 

Walter Johnson (known as ‘The Big Train’) was the game’s top pitcher for nearly 20 years 

Outfielder Tris Speaker of the Boston Red Sox takes batting practice at the South End Grounds in Boston in 1912

Outfielder Tris Speaker of the Boston Red Sox takes batting practice at the South End Grounds in Boston in 1912

Nap Lajoie, second and first baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics, poses for a portrait, circa 1900

Nap Lajoie, second and first baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics, poses for a portrait, circa 1900

Former Red Sox center fielder Tris Speaker (left) and Philadelphia Athletics second baseman Nap Lajoie (right) were considered two of the best hitters before the ‘live ball’ era (1920-) 

That’s when John decided to call Heritage Auctions to have them evaluate his cards.

As it turns out, he and his brother’s collection includes five Mantle Topps cards from 1952, similar to the one Mathis sold. However, that card was graded a Mint 9 by PSA, one of the leading sports memorabilia authenticators.

The best in the brothers’ collection is a PSA 8.5 that has been valued at $1 million by Heritage and is part of its Summer Platinum Night Sports Auction that runs through Aug. 19.

John recalled he and his brother began collecting cards in 1951 when they were growing up in West Hartford, Connecticut. John was nine-years old at the time, and brother Ed was 12. They each had separate collections that got merged at some point years later as they were being stored. 

There was a big attic in their house and John said a lot of things were stored there over the years after they were no longer being used, including his Cub scout uniform and his Army uniforms. At some point the cards went up there, too.

That’s where they remained until his mother passed away in late 2006. Her house was sold and her belongings were divided between John and his brother, who lives in Massachusetts. The cards ended up in John’s basement.

‘We always knew we had the cards, but they were just in the attic,’ John told the Associated Press. ‘We were fortunate our mother stayed and lived in the house until she was almost 102.’

Walter Johnson pitches for the  Senators in the season opener at the Polo Grounds in 1916

Walter Johnson pitches for the  Senators in the season opener at the Polo Grounds in 1916

Walter Johnson pitches for the Senators in the season opener at the Polo Grounds in 1916

In perhaps Ty Cobb's most iconic photo, the Georgia Peach shows off his base-running skills.

In perhaps Ty Cobb's most iconic photo, the Georgia Peach shows off his base-running skills.

George Sisler poses at the steps of the visitors dugout, League Park

George Sisler poses at the steps of the visitors dugout, League Park

(Left) In perhaps Ty Cobb’s most iconic photo, the Georgia Peach shows off his base-running skills. (Right) George Sisler poses at the steps of the visitors dugout, League Park

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