This is the story of how a single home run turned into over $700,000.
This is the story of how a single home run turned into over $700,000.

How One Fan Turned a Home Run Into Over $700,000

Nathan Baugh
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A fan turned a Barry Bonds home run into $752,000 and a sneaker company.

Barry Bonds hit 762 home runs - the most ever. But #756 broke Hank Aaron’s record. It’s the most important - and most valuable - homer Bonds ever hit. It was caught by a 21-year-old fan.

Homer 756 was hit at San Francisco’s then AT&T Park. A fight ensued for the ball. Out of the scrum, 21-year-old Matt Murphy emerged with the ball.

Matt Murphy emerged with home run 756.
Matt Murphy emerged with home run 756.

Matt and his friend Amir were on their way to Australia and stopped in San Francisco. They grabbed the cheapest tickets they could find and wound up in the right field bleachers. Hours later Matt was in possession of a baseball worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Topps lowballed him with a $100,000 offer. A few business people offered between $200,000 and $300,000. But Matt was smart. He partnered with Sotheby’s Auction House.

The ball sold for $752,467 to fashion designer Marc Ecko. Matt gave Amir half, saying they’d agreed to a split before the game if one of them ended up with homer 756. With his half, Matt invested it into his own business.

Matt grew up wanting to be an entrepreneur but never had the funds. He knew exactly how to use his new money. He created a NY-based high end sneaker company called Sole Food.

Matt Murphy created Sole Food with the earnings from selling the baseball.
Matt Murphy created Sole Food with the earnings from selling the baseball.

At the end of the day, Matt got a little lucky. But he turned that luck into a life changing business and lived up to his agreement with his friend. The best part? Matt’s company Sole Food is still in business.