MLB Auctions Off Base, Ball from Royals Historic World Series Inside-the-Park Home Run

Alcides Escobar
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) celebrates after hitting an inside-the-park home run against the New York Mets in the first inning in game one of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Major League Baseball is auctioning off the third base and ball from a historic inside-the-park home run during Game 1 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets, which the Royals won 5-4 in the 14th inning of the game.

The inside-the-park home run came on the first pitch, when Royals shortstop and lead-off hitter Alcides Escobar smacked a fast ball thrown by Mets pitcher Matt Harvey on the first pitch of the game. "I said wow! I have a chance to make this. That's nice. That's a lot of fun right there," Escobar said of the accomplishment.

The ball carried nearly to the warning track, where Mets center fielers Yoenis Cespedes made a futile jab at it. It rolled to the wall and Escobar was nearly around third by the time the throw got to the cutoff man.

According to the MLB, a leadoff inside-the-park home run hasn't happened in a World Series game since 1903. Only 12 inside-the-park home runs have been hit in the series, the most recent by Mule Haas in 1929.

Bidding for the base was up to $500 the morning after the game and will be ongoing for seven days. It comes complete with dirt from the stadium on it:

This base was part of a #WorldSeries inside-the-park home run. You want it: https://t.co/3YDfUryhFJ pic.twitter.com/9WFnL0AFTn

— MLB (@MLB) October 28, 2015

The ball from the home run is on sale too. While the game was in the 12th inning, bidding reached over $2,500 and was up to $3,000 by Wednesday morning.

.@alcidesescobar2 crushes fastballs. This one was part of #WorldSeries history. Own it: https://t.co/8jy7SsMnP1 pic.twitter.com/eifslrf8c0

— MLB (@MLB) October 28, 2015