LIBERAL, Kan. -- The sale of a 1962 autographed World Series baseball has raised $30,000 for a memorial statue to honor the 9-year-old Kansas batboy who died when he was accidentally hit by a bat during a game.
Kaiser Carlile died on Aug. 2, a day after he was hit in the head by a Liberal Bee Jays player's swing near the on-deck circle. The accident happened during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the ball was donated to a silent auction by Randy Watson, whose 13-year-old brother Rudy died in 1966 after a foul ball struck his head at a baseball game.
The autographed baseball from the 1962 New York Yankees will be displayed at the Seward Community College in Liberal, Kansas.