Cards' Lackey trades Ruth-signed ball for uniform number
AUG 20, 2014 2:22p ET
When athletes join new teams, they will often pay a steep price to get the number they want if it's already taken.
This was the case with ace pitcher John Lackey.
Lackey, though, did not cough up cash. Instead, he bought Neshek a Babe Ruth autographed baseball, which Neshek received on Wednesday.
A quick look at SportsMemorabilia.com shows that signed Ruth baseballs sell for anywhere between $2,300 and $46,000.