Garage sales go by plenty of other names, depending on where you are from; they are also known as yard sales, rummage sales, tag sales, lawns sales, or moving sales. But even with its different terms, the very objective of this is getting rid of the old stuff at home, even if it is for financial matters, or just wanting to get rid of them.
Sue McEntee, like many other people all over the world, had the perfect time to put up her garage sale. She badly needed to get rid of the unnecessary stuff at home. Bonus for it is the fact that she may gain money out of it. While you are up for a garage sale, you probably would be expecting people to go in and out of your yard. You expect all kinds of people to just check your items and hopefully, grab some of them. But Sue had one unexpected customer. Bruce Scapecchi, apparently, loves checking all possible garage sales. The mere thought of checking and purchasing reusable cheap stuff is beyond exciting for him. He sure did visit many garage sales prior visiting Sue’s.
With that being said, he knows exactly what to expect at a garage sale. But he found something he never expected even seeing at Sue’s. Below a folding table, there laid were some baseball bats. At first, it did not surprise him to see a baseball bat. But as he looked further, one bat looked particularly like that of Jackie Robinson’s. If you are a baseball fan, you surely would know him. Born as Jackie Roosevelt Robinson on January 31, 1919, American, was a professional baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. Indeed, he made a huge name in the sport he was in.
Sue really thought that Bruce’s guess was just so ridiculous. But Bruce was persistent to know the truth. Apparently, there was a part in Jackie’s bat wherein he used to engrave his name into. Bruce then asked Sue to get a pencil and together, they scratched some lead in it to see if some engraved letters will pop up.
Bruce told KCCI News 8:
“The unique grip of the bat was Jackie Robinson’s style.”
And he was not mistaken. It turned out that it was not at all ridiculous for her uncle once was playing with Jackie. The very thing that seemed ridiculous that time was the fact that he was selling the bat for a dollar! She later explained to KCCI News 8:
“My Uncle Joe Hatten played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was called Lefty Joe. He played baseball in the ’40s with him (Jackie).”
After knowing that that bat was some kind of a memorabilia, she sure did know what to do about it. Watch what happened next here: