Mazeroski hits homer with memorabilia auction



More than 200 pieces of Pittsburgh Pirates history owned by Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski took in more than $1.7 million Saturday at a Louisville auction house.

Mr. Mazeroski was on hand at the 10th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Live Auction in Louisville, where items including the 1960 World Series uniform worn during his Game 7 walk-off home run fetched a total of $1,709,892. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the 1960 Game 7 uniform was bought by a buyer representing a client with "strong ties to Pittsburgh."

The items were sold through Hunt Auctions, the official auctioneer of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Hunt Auctions, a Pirates sponsor, will donate a portion of the proceeds to Pirates Charities.

The 1960 Game 7 uniform was the auction's top seller, going for $632,500, but several of Mr. Mazeroski's pieces were able to bring in five figures or more, including:

• A bronzed professional model bat from the 1960 World Series Game 7 sold for $322,000.

• Gold Glove Awards from 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967 sold for $193,775.

• Bronzed professional model cleats from 1960 World Series Game 7 sold for $97,750.

• A scarce Roberto Clemente professional model bat -- with the nickname "Momen" on it -- given to Mr. Mazeroski sold for $86,250.

• A 1960 Babe Ruth Award sold for $41,400.

Hunt Auctions president David Hunt could not say exactly how high the Mazeroski auction ranked in terms of the company's history.

"It's not about the dollar amount, but the importance of the items in relation to one particular moment in sports history," Mr. Hunt said.

The $632,500 price tag for the uniform is nearly as much as the $657,250 that Mike Eruzione, the captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, recently received for the uniform he wore during the "Miracle on Ice" defeat of the Soviet Union. Last year, a jersey that Babe Ruth wore in 1920, his first season with the Yankees, sold for $4.4 million.

"I was completely overwhelmed and humbled by the auction of my sports memorabilia collection that I witnessed today. I would like to thank all the auction winners for their support and hope they receive enjoyment from the items they have acquired," Mr. Mazeroski said in a statement.


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