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New York Yankees player Hideki Matsui once again made history when the bat he used to hit his first home run in the major leagues earlier this week made its way to the National Baseball Hall of Fame via a representative on Saturday.

According to Yankees public relations director Rick Cerrone, the request from the historical museum came after Matsui became the team’s first player to hit a grand slam in his first Yankee Stadium game when he blasted Joe Mays’ full-count pitch into the right field stands on Tuesday.

The memorable bat, with a crack in the grip, was autographed in English by the three-time Central League home run king in Japan with “homer No.1 in the major leagues” and “Yankee Stadium” written in Japanese.

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