A Major League Baseball ticket remains the most affordable of the four major sports. The average price of a ticket to a game this season is $27.93, up 2 percent from last year, according to Team Marketing Report's Fan Cost Index.
The ball hit by Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Pat Darcy in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series is being sold by Robert Edward Auctions as part of its April catalogue. The reserve price is $100,000.
San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey's jersey was the top seller. Of the top 20 best-selling jerseys on MLB.com, only two belong to players -- Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera -- who are older than 30.
Major League Baseball teams can bask in the glow of the biggest year-over-year change in valuation ever calculated by Forbes magazine as they enter a new season, but it's not their teams' popularity the owners have to thank for the surge.