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Published October 19, 2010, 08:57 AM

Babe Ruth autographed baseball fetches thousands

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has paid more than $8,000 for a piece of sports history.

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has paid more than $8,000 for a piece of sports history.

A baseball autographed by Babe Ruth in 1929 was discovered among the belongings of an elderly Wisconsin woman whose possessions were given to relatives in Janesville, Wis.

Margaret Rudowsky says her late husband caught a home run ball hit by Ruth at a game in Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1929. Her husband had Ruth sign the ball.

A man who wants to remain anonymous outbid about 20 others at a weekend auction in Mankato.

Auctioneer Willa Dailey says the Mankato man paid $7,250 for the ball, and with tax and auction fees ended up with a bill of about $8,300. The Free Press of Mankato says a California company certified the signature as authentic before the auction.

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