Pete Rose’s Final-Hit Bat Goes for Six Figures

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If not for a bout with gambling, how much more could the memorabilia have grossed?

The AP reports that the black Mizuno bat used by Rose for his 4,256th base-hit went for $158,776 on a auction. President Mike Heffner told the AP that a combination of a tough economy and personal controversies cut down the market price.

“I think Pete Rose memorabilia in general — you either love it or you hate it,” Heffner said in a phone interview Thursday. “There’s not a whole lot in-between.”