A fan turned a Barry Bonds home run into $752,000 and a sneaker company: 🧵
Barry Bonds hit 762 home runs… the most ever.

But #756 broke Hank Aaron’s record.

It’s the most important — and most valuable — homer Bonds ever hit.

It was caught by a 21-year-old…
Homer 756 was hit at San Fran’s then AT&T Park.

A fight ensued for the ball.

Out of the scrum, 21-year-old Matt Murphy emerged with the ball.
Matt and his buddy Amir were on their way to Australia and stopped in San Fran.

They grabbed the cheapest tickets they could find and wound up in the right field bleachers.

Hours later Matt was in possession of a baseball worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Topps lowballed him with a $100,000 offer.

A few business people offered between $200k and $300k.

But Matt was smart.

He partnered with Sotheby’s Auction House:
The ball sold for $752,467 to fashion designer Marc Ecko.

Matt gave Amir half, saying they’d agreed to a split before the game if one of them ended up with homer 756.

With his half, Matt invested it into his own business.
Matt grew up wanting to be an entrepreneur but never had the funds.

He knew exactly how to use his new money.

He created a NY-based high end sneaker company called Sole Food.
At the end of the day, Matt got a little lucky.

But he turned that luck into a life changing business and lived up to his agreement with his friend.

The best part?

Matt’s company Sole Food is still in business.
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14 Dec
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Let’s use this thread as a time capsule to look back at the crazy month of December so far:
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12 Dec
A driver was read his last rites after one of the worst wrecks in F1 history.

He survived, going on to win 3 titles and becoming the most influential man in the sport: 🧵
Niki Lauda was born to a wealthy Austrian family.

But his love for racing — and their disapproval of the sport — led to a split.

In 1971, 22-year-old Niki took out a $30,000 loan to buy his way onto a Formula 2 team.
Niki’s first year in Formula 1 was full of bad luck.

In year 2 he joined a new team and finished 3rd at the Monaco Grand Prix, F1’s most prestigious race.

He caught Enzo Ferrari’s eye…
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2 Dec
Hansel Emmanuel lost an arm at the age of 6.

Now he’s a high school basketball star with his eyes on the NBA:
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He’d be the second D1 basketball player with only 1 arm.

His skills are incredible.

1. Handles
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Now he makes $30+ million each year from his investment portfolio.

THREAD: Shaq’s 15 best investments.
Shaq’s portfolio spans cash-flowing businesses & franchises to massive bets on tech & consumer goods.

It’s a masterclass in diversification, “mailbox money,” and brand.

Let’s dig in:
1-6. The “boring businesses” Shaq owns produce cash flow he reinvests in larger bets.

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• 17 Auntie Anne’s Pretzels (sold)

• 40 24-hour fitness centers

• 1 movie theatre, 1 Krispy Kreme, and 1 Big Chicken
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25 Nov
Warrick Dunn ran for 11,000 yards in his NFL career.

Even more impressive…

He’s now built 100s of homes for families in need: 🪡
1/ Warrick Dunn grew up the oldest of 6 siblings and was raised by his mom, Betty Smothers.

Betty worked two jobs to take care of her family — as a police officer and as a night-shift security guard.

In 1993, Betty was killed during a store robbery.

Warrick was 18.
2/ Warrick took over full-time parenting of his siblings.

He used the life insurance payout to buy them a home.

At the same time, he held scholarship offers to basically every school in the country to play football.

He chose Florida State to “fulfill his mother’s dream.”
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The 10 wildest moments in modern sports history, according to Reddit: 🧵
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