Ripken's last home run ball brings $17,270


April 26, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The ball hit by Cal Ripken Jr. for his last home run brought $17,270 at auction this week - less than the $30,000 predicted by sports memorabilia experts.

Fourteen bids were placed on the ball, which Ripken drove into the stands for No. 431 on Sept. 23, 2001.

Bob Oler, of Timonium, the fan who caught it, said he would put the profits toward building his new house in Sparks.

"I'd like to meet [the buyer] and tell the story of how I caught it," he says, "unless that someone wants to remain anonymous."

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