A sports management business owner has bid $253,000 to win a 1920s game bat that Ty Cobb gave to young Detroit Tigers teammate Eddie Onslow.
Tyler Tysdal of Denver outlasted a telephone competitor Tuesday at the Hunt Auctions sale. It was part of the MLB All-Star FanFest in Kansas City, Mo.
Tysdal tells The Associated Press he met and thanked the bat's longtime owner, Onslow's 92-year-old daughter Nancy Purviance of Dublin, Ohio.
Purviance attended the auction as part of a trip to the All-Star Game with four generations of her family.
The daughter says Cobb gave her father the bat as a token of their friendship. She says the men remained friends until Cobb's death in 1961. Onslow died in 1981.
Details on bat and letter: http://bit.ly/OxnozP