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Fan holds on to 1957 Milwaukee Braves home run ball

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 12:09:50-04

A 1957 Milwaukee Braves Home Run ball hit by Andy Pafko is a local family's heirloom. The '57 team would go on to win the World Series. 

Jason Mallas is the third generation to own the home run ball and says the story is the best part.

"It was hit by Andy Pafko, a Braves legend. It was caught by my grandfather, a family legend. And then given to me, the current legend," said Mallas. 

Mallas says his grandfather went to a Milwaukee Braves home game, where he caught a Pafko home run ball. Pafko hit 8 of his 213 home runs that year. Mallas' grandfather took the ball home and gave it to his baseball-loving daughter, Malla's mother, Pamela. She immediately took the ball to the park to play. 

Mallas says one of Pamela's cousins was at the playground and was a bat boy for the Milwaukee Braves. He told her to give him her ball to get it signed. She complied, and a few days later, Pamela had a home run ball signed by 13 team members.

Gene Conley, Bob Trowbridge, Del Crandall, Joe Adcock, Lew Burdette, Fred Haney, Don McMahon, Billy Bruton, Felix Mantilla, Joey Jay, and Hall of Fame Legends Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthews, and Warren Spahn.   

"I'm sure she played with it that afternoon, came home and showed it to my grandmother. Who then put it in a box," said Mallas. 

Mallas has no intention of getting the ball appraised. He says he's got a piece of Milwaukee history. 

"I don't want to be tempted to sell it. I don't want to be disappointed if it's lower than I think it should be worth. So, I'm going to hang onto it until I trust my oldest to not sell it," said Mallas. 

Mallas says the ball mostly sits in it's protective case next to his autographed Packers Football and other Wisconsin sports memorabilia. He's very adamant in not wanting to sell the ball because it's sentimental value is practically priceless. 

"It's absolutely the story," said Mallas, "The ball could be worth, let's say it's worth $10,000. The story is worth way more than that to me."

So don't bank on seeing this 1957 signed home run baseball at anyone's auction.