Players, Teams Hope to Raise Money for Tornado Victims via Auctions

Athletes and teams connected to the state of Oklahoma are stepping up to raise money for victims of the tornado that tore through the Moore area on Monday.  The Houston Astros, whose top minor league affiliate is located in Oklahoma City, will sell game-worn jerseys at auction through its Astros Foundation.

Houston AstrosThe popular “Jerseys Off Their Backs” silent auction will be held through May 28 at the Astros Community Clubhouse on the main concourse of the ballpark. Fans can bid on several of the current Astros players game-worn jerseys. Winners will be announced on May 28.

Additionally, beginning this weekend, Astros players wives will sell Mystery Grab Bags containing autographed baseballs at the Community Clubhouse. 100% of all proceeds will go to the American Red Cross relief efforts for the Oklahoma tornado victims.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the tornado,” said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan, son of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. “We have close ties to that community and many friends there. Those are the folks that support us in Oklahoma City, so we’re eager to do our part to help them out in a time of need.”

Autographed Archie Bradley cleatsIn addition, one of the game’s top prospects is donating a pair of game-worn, autographed cleats and hoping teammates will pitch in for an eBay auction.

Pitcher Archie Bradley, an Oklahoma native whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, wore pink cleats on Mother’s Day while pitching for the Mobile BayBears, affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He’s put them up for bid on eBay.

Bradley said Daniel Hudson, who won 16 games last year for Arizona, indicated he’d also provide something for the auction and plans to talk to other big leaguers about contributing.

You can find the auction here.