Three memorable home run balls, all with interesting stories from the sixth and deciding game of the 2021 World Series behind them, are headed to the auction block.
The Atlanta Braves’ 7-0 rout in Game 6 clinched the title and home runs by Jorge Soler, Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson were the difference. All three wound up in the hands of fans—two inside Minute Maid Park in Houston and one that landed outside.
SCP Auctions has secured all three and will offer them in its upcoming Winter Premier Auction starting January 19.
Perhaps the most talked-about homer of the three was World Series MVP Soler’s three-run, 446-foot moon shot that landed on top of an awning outside the stadium and rolled to a stop on the sidewalk just inside a fence separating the park from the surrounding neighborhood.
That was where the ball sat for eight minutes. Manuel and Richard Ramos, who were watching the game from an apartment building adjacent to the stadium, noticed no one was coming to grab the ball and decided to try to get it themselves. Manuel ran down six flights of stairs, managed to get inside a surrounding fence and secured the valuable memento.
With the Braves maintaining a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning of the game, Swanson cushioned the lead when he plated another pair of runs on a 411-foot blast. Swanson’s smack had an exit velocity of 108.8 mph.
The ball wound up in the hands of a Braves fan who had pictures taken with the baseball while sitting in the seats. SCP also matched the video of the ball’s flight to the area where the consignor– who stuck out in a crowd of Astros fans with his white Braves jersey–was sitting.
The Braves were up 6-0 in the top of the seventh inning when Freeman stepped to the plate. Already with an RBI double to his credit, the Braves’ steady first baseman put the cherry on top of the victory for Atlanta, with a 416-foot blast to put the finishing touches on the 7-0 whitewash.
Teenage cousins Hudson Pace and Steven Edwards were in the right place at the right time for that one. After Freeman’s ball bounced off a railing and back into the field of play, the pair asked Astros outfielder Jose Siri to toss them the ball. He did just that. Pace and Edwards also opted to consign the Freeman home run ball.
All three consignors have provided signed letters of provenance.
SCP Auctions President David Kohler believes the trio of baseballs will bring a combined total into six figures.
Which one will sell for the most? It could be Soler’s titanic blast that exited the yard, but considering Freeman’s popularity and Hall of Fame career arc– and the fact that it ended the scoring in the series– and it could be a battle.
The baseballs will be among hundreds of items in SCP’s catalog, with bidding set to run through February 5.