Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kirk Gibson to auction off historic home run bat

Kirk Gibson

What bat, you ask? Read about it here. It plays a central role in an old family story. John was just a baby who still needed a bottle in the middle of the night. I knew it was going to be my turn. So, before the World Series game of the night before was completed, I put a blank VHS tape in the VCR (yes, that ancient technology survived into John's own lifetime) and recorded the last few innings. I played it back at five in the morning while John drained the bottle of baby formula. That was the setting when he and I were witnesses to the historic World Series moment. John may not remember it, and neither may you, but I do... and I'm not going to explain it here. If you're a fan of the game, you already know. If you don't already know, click on the link. It'll make a fan of you.

1 comment:

Mark Steger said...

From the Associated Press: LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. -- The bat Kirk Gibson used for his historic home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 World Series sold for $575,912.40 early Sunday in SCP Auctions' October/November auction. Gibson's home jersey from Game 1 of the World Series went for $303,277.20. The auction also included Gibson's 1988 World Series batting helmet ($153,388.80), NL most valuable player award ($110,293.20), World Series trophy ($45,578.40) and World Series road uniform ($9,664.80). Proceeds from the sale of the World Series trophy and MVP award will benefit the Kirk Gibson Foundation. The identities of the winning bidders weren't revealed.