BOSTON (AP) - Artie Gore made his major-league debut as an umpire in 1947 and his fellow umpires autographed a ball used in that game for him.
That game on April 15, 1947 also was Jackie Robinson's first in the majors.
Now it's being auctioned off for more than $20,000 at the FanFest in New York as part of festivities for Tuesday night's All-Star game.
Gore's nephew, Richard Flaherty, found the ball last year among the belongings at his father's home in Watertown, Mass. Flaherty says his father was Gore's brother-in-law and died soon after the discovery. Gore died in 1986.
Gore also had a Ted Williams jersey from the mid-40s that is being auctioned off. Online bidding for that has passed $70,000.
Live bidding begins on Tuesday.

Recent MLB Discussions

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 976 Colorado Rockies  98%
#2 964 Cleveland Indians  97%
#3 961 Chicago Cubs  92%
#4 970 Texas Rangers  88%
#5 952 Miami Marlins  82%
#6 968 Baltimore Orioles  81%
#7 971 Detroit Tigers  80%
#9 965 Boston Red Sox  71%
#10 978 Toronto Blue Jays  69%

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Cardinals Prediction Will the Cardinals pull off a small upset at home today when they host the Dodgers at 2:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Yankees vs. Orioles Prediction Will the Orioles finally snap their seven-game losing streak when they host the Yankees at 1:05PM ET today?
Thumbnail Astros vs. Twins Pick Can the Houston Astros go on the road and defeat the Minnesota Twins when the two teams collide today at...
Thumbnail Red Sox vs. White Sox Pick Which Sox will grab a win on Memorial Day when the Chicago White Sox host the Boston Red Sox today at...
Thumbnail Mets vs. Pirates Prediction Will Matt Harvey and the Mets upset the Pirates on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball tonight at PNC Park? First pitch is set for 8:00PM ET.

MLB Team Pages