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Last week, a historic piece of baseball memorabilia officially was put up for auction to the highest bidder. The 34-inch Mizuno bat was used by banished former star Pete Rose in 1986 when he recorded his final and major league record 4,256th hit of his career. The auctioneer,, expects that the collector's item could potentially fetch the highest price ever obtained for a baseball bat, perhaps exceeding the $1.3 million paid for the one Babe Ruth used to hit his first home run at Yankee Stadium. It is interesting that the fallen star's bat could command a greater price than that of the universally acknowledged greatest player in baseball history. Although Rose broke another legend's all-time record when he passed Ty Cobb on his way to establishing his hit mark, the former R ...

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