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Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
Long before Major League Baseball began to authenticate big-occasion baseballs with holograms and special markings, and long before fans began to see money in those rawhide spheres attached to a memorable moment, an injured Kirk Gibson launched one of the most famous home runs in postseason history into the Chavez Ravine air.
As the ball sailed into the right-field pavilion at Dodger Stadium, NBC's television cameras didn't exactly linger on where the ball landed.
After all, the drama was on the bases, as Gibson hobbled around, pumping his arm and clenching his fist in celebration of his team stealing Game 1 of the 1988 World Series from the usually automatic arm of A's closer Dennis Eckersley.
It wasn't until at least a decade later, when catching and selling the balls hit during the Mark Mc Gwire-Sammy Sosa home run chase was generating millions, that anyone really talked about the Gibson ball.