You may or may not remember the story of the minor-league baseball player who got traded for 10 bats last May (retail value: $665). It was one of those strange items that made the player in question -- John C. Odom -- the answer to a trivia question.
Odom seemed to enjoy the publicity from the unusual trade at first, but 3 weeks after the trade, he left the team that traded for him. Six months after that he was dead. A medical examiner said Odom died in Georgia at age 26 from an accidental overdose of heroin, methamphetamine, the stimulant benzylpiperazine and alcohol.
Here's the full story about the odd trade.
10 months ago