Think you bought a lot of stuff this year? Check out what the Hall of Fame got for free.
The Baseball Hall of Fame has all but wrapped up its acquisitions from the 2009 baseball season.
Despite the market value of memorabilia, players and teams are generally more than willing to turn over historic pieces--and even those that are more of a curiosity than anything.
The Hall of Fame has offered up its lengthy list of artifact acquisitions from this past season. Here are some things you won't be seeing at a baseball memorabilia auction near you:
- CC Sabathia’s spikes from the first game at new Yankee Stadium, along with the bat used by Cleveland’s Grady Sizemore to hit the first grand slam there and a game ball signed by Cleveland pitcher Cliff Lee, the winning pitcher.
- Helmet and batting gloves from Jason Kubel’s cycle; Carl Crawford’s spikes from the May 3 game where the Rays’ speedster stole a record-tying six bases against the Red Sox; cap worn by Dodgers manager Joe Torre during his club’s record home winning streak to start the season; batting gloves worn by the Dodgers’ Orlando Hudson when he hit for the cycle April 13 against the Giants; a bat the Rangers’ Ian Kinsler used to record his April 15 cycle – a game in which he also went 6-for-6; the bat Minnesota’s Michael Cuddyer used May 22 to complete his cycle when he hit a triple against the Brewers.
- The jersey worn by Freddy Sanchez of the Pirates when he went 6-for-6 against the Cubs on May 25; a ball signed by the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera along with Pettitte’s cap from the May 29 game in which the pair notched a record 58th win/save.
- The cap worn by the Giants’ Randy Johnson during his 300th career win on June 4.
- The jersey of Houston catcher Ivan Rodriguez from June 17 when he broke the all-time games caught record.
- A ball used in a start by brothers Jeff Weaver and Jered Weaver on June 20, the first time the brothers had started against each other and the 21st brother-brother start in baseball history.
- A cap and game-used ball from the Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez, who no-hit the Padres on July 10.
- A game-worn cap from All-Star Game MVP Carl Crawford; a ball signed by the National League All-Star team from the 2009 All-Star game.
- The jersey from Mark Buehrle of the White Sox worn during his July 23 perfect game, a game-used ball from Buehrle’s perfect game and the glove teammate DeWayne Wise used to preserve the perfecto when he made a highlight-reel catch in the ninth inning.
- The bat used by the Nationals’ Josh Willingham on July 27 when he hit two grand slams in one game against the Brewers.
- The helmet worn by the Yankees’ Melky Cabrera when he hit for the cycle on Aug. 2; the batting gloves worn by Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki when he hit for the cycle on Aug. 10; the spikes worn by the Orioles’ Felix Pie when he hit for the cycle on Aug. 14.
- The jersey worn by the Phillies’ Eric Bruntlett when he recorded a game-ending unassisted triple play against the Mets on Aug. 23.
- The batting gloves Derek Jeter wore when he set the Yankees’ all-time hits record on Sept.11.
- The spikes worn by Boston’s David Ortiz Sept. 15 when he set the career record for home runs by a designated hitter.
- Jersey worn by Brian Roberts on Sept. 29 when he hit his 56th double.
- Bat used by Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton during the 2009 season.
- Batting gloves worn by B.J. Upton to hit for the cycle on Oct. 3, becoming the first Rays player to do so as he notched the record-tying eighth cycle of the season in MLB.
- Jersey from the Royals’ Zack Greinke’s final victory of his 2009 Cy Young Award-winning season on Sept. 27.
- Cap worn by Rockies manager Jim Tracy during the regular and postseason in which he guided the club to a postseason berth after taking over as manager in May.
- Ticket, ball, base and score sheet from the AL Central tiebreaker game, played between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins on Oct. 6, 2009, marking the last regular season game at the Metrodome.
- Home jersey and bat used by AL Most Valuable Player and batting champion Joe Mauer during 2009, his third season with the league’s highest batting average; and a game-worn cap and signed baseball from Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa from the Oct. 1 game when he moved into second place all-time by managing in his 4,770th game.
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