Baseball fans can acquire important memorabilia from a legendary game: Game 1 of the 1988 World Series when the Dodgers were trailing the Oakland A’s and an injured Kirk Gibson was called on to pinch-hit. Gibson hammered the game-winning home run, and the Dodgers went on to win the series. That home run was regarded as one of the greatest home runs of all time by Time magazine. Now, 22 years later, SCP Auctions, Inc., a leader in brokering and auctions of important sports memorabilia, is selling artifacts from that game: Gibson’s bat, batting helmet, home and road uniforms, World Series trophy, and Most Valuable Player award. Proceeds from the sale of the World Series trophy and MVP award will benefit the Kirk Gibson Foundation. The Internet auction is from October 27 to November 13.
The Kirk Gibson Foundation supports Michigan State University athletic programs and helps to fund partial scholarship programs at the two Michigan high schools where his parents taught, Clarkston High and Waterford High. “I was never really a collector,” said Gibson, who is manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. “As I looked at it and I started thinking about where I am in my life, I don’t want to have to worry about making sure these items are secure somewhere. I just felt like maybe it’s time to let the people who do like to collect things and display them buy them and then take some of the proceeds to fund my foundation.”
In addition to Gibson’s memorabilia, the auction will feature more than 1,400 offerings, including a Pete Rose “corked” bat, a Mickey Mantle game-worn jersey, a T206 Honus Wagner, and Babe Ruth memorabilia. (800.350.2273, www.SCPAuctions.com)