Fan Auctioning Aaron Judge's 62nd HR Ball Rejected $3 Million Offer
By Jason Hall
November 17, 2022
The fan who caught Aaron Judge's American League record 62nd home run ball is placing it on the auction block after turning down a $3 million offer to sell it, TMZ Sports reports.
Cory Youmans, who caught Judge's home run during the New York Yankees' game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on October 4, has placed the ball on the block at Goldin Auctions and collector Ken Goldin predicts it "has the potential to become the highest-priced baseball ever sold."
"Three million plus would be my estimate," Goldin said via TMZ Sports.
Judge hit a leadoff homer in the first inning of Yankees' second game in a doubleheader against the Rangers on October 4.
In September, the 30-year-old tied the record set by Roger Maris in 1961 in the Yankees' 8-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays, having previously hit his 60th home run -- which tied a previous record set by Babe Ruth in 1927 -- during New York's 9-8 walk-off win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 20 at Yankee Stadium.
Judge also managed to hit 60 home runs in fewer games than both Yankee legends, which has long been a debate over the validity of Maris' record.
Ruth had initially set the record in 154 games, while Maris broke the record in 162 games after the league had previously extended the total amount of games in a season.
Judge hit his 60th home run in 147 games and his 61st in 155 games.
The California native is the favorite to win the AL MVP award Thursday (November 17) night, having led the league in home runs and RBIs.