This was the question posed to us by a commenter. So to the archives we went. And this is what we found…
Wade Bogg’s 3,000th hit baseball was caught by a then 32-year old fan named Mike Hogan. According to the Associated Press reports following the game, Hogan “planned to give [the ball] back to Boggs.”
Much like Christian Lopez who returned Derek Jeter’s hit without asking for anything in return, Lopez was rewarded with some swag by both Boggs and the team. According to the Rays, Hogan received an autographed bat and jersey from Boggs and a pair of season tickets from the Devil Rays.
According to this article published in the Washington Post, shortly after Boggs’ 3,000th hit, Hogan said “it’s his baseball,” and according to the article, “never gave it a thought to putting it up for bid.”
What makes Hogan’s move just as daring as the one seen last weekend in the Bronx, is that this was only months after Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball sold for $3 million at auction. And during that time period, people were going nuts at auctions for historic baseballs.
While the Boggs ball would not
have fetched nearly that amount. It is not hard to imagine it would have brought in something in the mid-six figures. Da-yum.
Mr. Hogan and Mr. Lopez, you are more noble than I. May your lives never be marred by financial worries. Because Jeter’s and Boggs’ sure won’t be.
[Update] We just noticed that Joe Henderson actually caught up with Hogan earlier this week and asked him about Jeter’s home run.