It seems Roger Clemens was once fond enough of Brian McNamee to give him a closet full of potentially valuable memorabilia.
Roger Clemens’ personal 2000 World Series trophy is just one of a host of items the former Yankee pitcher apparently gave to trainer Brian McNamee while the two worked together in New York.
The trophy along with over two dozen pieces of Clemens’ game-worn and game-used memorabilia, autographs and other items have now been consigned to an auction being conducted this spring by Grey Flannel Auctions of Westhampton Beach, New York.
Last year, several autographed items Clemens presented to McNamee were sold on eBay. The latest batch of personal memorabilia clearly demonstrates a strong relationship between the player and the man who alleged that Clemens used steroids during his Yankee career.
Clemens, a 7-time Cy Young Award winner and one of only four pitchers ever to strike out more than 4,000 batters in Major League play, denied McNamee’s claims before a nationally televised Congressional committee last year.
With the passing of time, the sensational headlines swirling around McNamee’s allegations and Clemens’ flat denials dissipated. But now, in an odd twist, the subject has been revived in the public’s consciousness with the admission by Yankees star Alex Rodriguez that he previously injected a type of banned steroid.
The Clemens cache was consigned to Grey Flannel just before Rodriguez admitted he used steroids while with the Texas Rangers from 2000-2003. Consisting of approximately two dozen items, the consignment includes apparel, equipment and memorabilia originally owned by both Clemens and another Yankee pitcher who trained with McNamee, Andy Pettitte. According to the consignor, all of the high-profile items were previously part of McNamee’s personal collection and each is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by McNamee.
Ironically, the market for Clemens memorabilia has suffered since McNamee’s allegations. The direct link to the man who put him on the spot, however, could place enough historical relevance on some of the pieces to attract strong interest from collectors and investors.
“Each of the lots in the upcoming sale is likely to be viewed by future generations of fans as symbolic of a turning point in Major League Baseball’s evolution,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president, Richard E. Russek.
Perhaps the most important object in the collection is the individual 2000 World Series trophy awarded to Clemens, which he later gave to McNamee as a gift. The trophy from the Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets represented a high point in Clemens’ long career. The 12-inch-tall trophy features a silver crown atop an arc centerpiece above a silver baseball. Thirty gold flags, each identifying a different Major League Baseball team, adorn the trophy. The band around its base reads “World Series Champions, New York Yankees, 2000, Roger Clemens.”
The collection also includes All-Star game jerseys, autographed baseballs, game-used fielding gloves and other items given to McNamee by Clemens and Pettitte.
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