The Sammy Sosa corked bat rescued from the Wrigley Field clubhouse in 2003 is getting some national attention now that it’s officially hit the auction block.
MLB.com, Fox Sports Chicago and other outlets picked up the story days after it first appeared here on Sports Collectors Daily.
The bat came from a 2003 game in which Sosa was ejected after it shattered, revealing a piece of cork in the barrel. The incident helped turn the tide of public opinion against Sosa, once one of the game’s ultra popular home run hitters and a hero to Cub fans on the north side of Chicago.
The piece of the bat containing the cork was acquired by Cubs’ pitcher Mike Remlinger that day and has been in his possession ever since. Remarkably, Major League Baseball never asked for it. Schulte Auctions is now offering the sawed off lumber in its current auction. Bidding had hit $5,500 by Wednesday night.
National Public Radio caught up with Remlinger for a chat. Listen to the interview here.