Joe Pepitone suing Baseball Corridor of Fame over game-used Mickey Mantle bat
Joe Pepitone simply desires his bat again.
Pepitone, the previous Yankee first baseman, is suing the Baseball Corridor of Fame for failure to return a bat that he says belonged to him that has been displayed in Cooperstown for over 50 years.
The previous Yankee first baseman says in a lawsuit that the bat that Mickey Mantle used on Might 14, 1967 — the day that Mantle hit his five hundredth profession dwelling run — was truly loaned to the Baseball Corridor of Fame by a Yankee official — not donated, because the Baseball Corridor claims it was.
In flip, Pepitone desires the bat again.
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The lawsuit reads (by way of The Athletic):
Pepitone’s Bat is a one-of-a-kind historic baseball artifact with an estimated worth of greater than $500,000. Pepitone didn’t present, promote, assign, or in any means transferred his sole possession curiosity within the Bat to any individual or entity. Pepitone unequivocally demanded that the Museum return the Bat on Sept. 1, 2020, as promised. The Museum has unreasonably and unlawfully refused Pepitone’s demand to return the Bat and continues to own the Bat with out authorized trigger or justification over Pepitone’s objection.
Pepitone and the Corridor are locked in a he-said-he-said conundrum, with no paperwork concerned that landed the bat in Cooperstown, in response to The Athletic.
The Corridor says the bat was donated by the Yankees, whereas Pepitone says that Robert Fishel, a former Yankee government, loaned it to the Corridor of Fame after Mantle hit dwelling run No. 500.
“This bat is among the tens of hundreds of artifacts that, during the last 85 years, have been donated to the Corridor of Fame by gamers, groups, leagues, and followers. Artifacts permit us to honor the sport and fulfill our not-for-profit mission to Protect Historical past, Honor Excellence, and Join Generations,” the Corridor stated.
Curiously sufficient, this is not the weirdest story involving Joe Pepitone and Mickey Mantle.