Ruth hit the home run in 1934 and later signed the ball. It had been passed down by three generations of a Minnesota family before going to the auction block.
The decade-plus torrent of home runs slowed this year as major league pitchers enjoyed their most dominant season since before the Steroids Era.
New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez hit his 30th homer of the season Wednesday night against Toronto, giving him 13 straight years with 30 homers and 100 RBIs.
Yankee Stadium wasn’t that much of a home run haven this year. There were 223 homers hit at the second-year ballpark, down from a major league-leading 237 last year.
Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 600 home runs in the first inning at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, reaching the milestone after a 12-game drought — and exactly three years to the day after his 500th homer.
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