Man's Out Shopping At Garage Sale - Looks Under Table And Eyes Go Wide At Rare Discovery
FaithTap Staff 3/12/2018
Garage sales are a terrific way for families and retirees to weed through the belongings they've amassed over the years. They're often used when moving to a new home or downsizing to a retirement complex.
These awesome outlets help families move along outgrown baby clothes and infant items to those that can reuse them. They can even help all of us who love to shop, weed out our overabundant closets!
Garage sales also have functioned as great fundraisers for ball teams or dance studios. So when Sue McEntee held her own garage sale, she began sorting and tossing the family's belongings.
One shopper on the trail was a man named Bruce Scapecchi, who likes to hit all the garage sales he can during the warmer months. When he spied Sue's yard sale going on, he decided to stop and take a peek at what goodies she was selling.
However, he never expected to find such an incredible treasure...
While there, Bruce spied an old folding table that had some items underneath it. He headed straight for the floor display, which consisted of numerous bats. But there was one in particular that caught his eye...
Bruce picked up the old wooden bat with a frayed, discolored bat grip that looked like cloth tape - which was being sold for $1. He recognized right away the potential this old bat held.
The bat likely had been used by many young boys imagining they were amazing players like Babe Ruth or even Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jackie ended up playing in six World Series and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
As it turns out, the bat's users didn't really have to imagine all that. Bruce suspected that the very bat he held in his hands belonged to the real Jackie Robinson.
Bruce told KCCI News 8:
"The unique grip of the bat was Jackie Robinson's style."
Being an honest man, Bruce took the bat up to Sue to tell her what he believed she was selling. He then asked her to grab a pencil. He told her there was an area on the bat where Jackie had engraved his name into the wood.
By rubbing the pencil over the bat, the engraving would show. And as it turned out, Jackie's name emerged!
Sue was stunned that this special bat had been in her home this whole time, and aghast that she had put it out for the garage sale (especially for $1). But she wasn't too terribly surprised...
She 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)."