Aaron Judge’s historic 62nd home run baseball has now made its own history, too.
Back in October, the New York Yankees player hit a record-setting home run.
Now, on Dec. 17, the baseball sold for $1.25 million with a $250,000 buyer’s premium — making it the second highest-paid for baseball — according to Goldin Auctions.
“Judge was greeted at home plate by all of his Yankee teammates,” Goldin Auctions described via its website. “A continuous standing ovation from the capacity crowd at Globe Life Field commenced as the celebration began. The ball itself landed in the hands of Cory Youmans, the lucky fan who was in the right place at the right time, sitting in the left field seats at Globe Life Field. Youmans, who quite literally caught history, was then immediately escorted out of the stadium by security so the ball could be further authenticated by Major League Baseball through its MLB Authenticated program. Youmans held on to the ball since that fateful day until striking an agreement to consign it with Goldin.”
Yahoo! Sports reported that Youmans turned down $3 million for catching the ball and requested for it to go to auction instead.
“Cory Congrats on turning a $100 ticket into $1.5 million, and I appreciate your comments to me tonight and am glad you were happy with our efforts and publicity/marketing,” Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin shared on Twitter. “You were a pleasure to work with. And congrats to the winner!”
Thanks Darren and thanks Cory. Cory Congrats on turning a $100 ticket into $1.5 million, and I appreciate your comments to me tonight and am glad you were happy with our efforts and publicity/marketing. You were a pleasure to work with . And congrats to the winner! https://t.co/8zViisL3eJ
— Ken Goldin (@KenGoldin) December 18, 2022
While the winner is anonymous, Youmans took the moment to congratulate “Joe.”
“Congratulations to Joe! Given the historical significance of #62, it was important to me that the selling process was fair, accessible and transparent,” he said in a statement.
“Joe seems like a great man and the perfect steward for this special piece of MLB history,” he continued. “The ball is in great hands and we thank Ken and the dedicated team. As this chapter comes to an end and I reflect on catching home run ball #62, I’ll always remember the kindness of the fans around me on that exciting night in Arlington. It was the epitome of how sports brings humans together and I’ll cherish that memory forever.”
Prior to the auction, Judge signed a nine-year, $360 million deal with the Yankees, according to ESPN.