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The World Series begins this week. There's no joy in Mudville if your favorite team isn't playing. But a collector with very deep pockets decided to "Play Ball!" and bought his very own World Series game for $44,400 at a Julia auction. It's a perfectly restored coin-operated 1937 World Series Baseball pinball machine featuring the New York Yankees that was made by Rockola.

When you drop a nickel in the coin slot, a ball appears from the umpire's chest and lands in a cup that is the pitcher's right hand. The pitcher throws the ball. You are the batter and press the flipper to bat the ball. The umpire signals balls or strikes with his arms. The machine keeps track of men on base, runs, hits, strikes, balls and the number of outs. Three outs and it's time for another nickel.

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