So what does the ball that broke Hank Aaron’s record look like now? We’ve got the photo.
Baseball’s most controversial piece of memorabilia is about to tell its story from Cooperstown.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum took possession of the baseball hit by Barry Bonds for his 756th career home run after the owner of the baseball, fashion designer Marc Ecko, had the artifact delivered by private vehicle Monday night at approximately 7:45 p.m.
A letter from Ecko stating his intention to unconditionally donate the baseball to the Museum accompanied the baseball, which was branded with an asterisk apparently carved out of the cover, directly over the Major League Baseball stamp and printed signature of commissioner Bud Selig.
“As we previously stated today, we are very happy to receive the baseball as a donation, and not as a loan, as previously declared by Mr. Ecko. We look forward to adding this ball to our permanent collections here in Cooperstown,” said Brad Horn, senior director for communications and education.
The baseball will be displayed in Cooperstown following the Museum’s documentation process.
Reporters got their first look at the ball Tuesday including one TV station which sent one of its’ young reporters into the fray. You can watch her story here.