The jersey Reggie Jackson was wearing the night he hit three home runs in the sixth and final game of the 1977 World Series will be up for sale this spring. SCP Auctions will offer the pinstripe home white #44 shirt in its April catalog auction. It’s expected to sell for at least $500,000. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the “Mr. October Foundation for Kids”.
“The providence coming directly from Reggie Jackson along with his desire to help out the” Mr. October Foundation for kids is going to knock this out of the park,” SCP Auctions’ president David Kohler told Sports Collectors Daily. “SCP Auctions feels very strongly that this will set a record for a contemporary game worn baseball jersey. We would not be surprised if it approached seven figures.”
Last year, SCP sold a 1920-era Babe Ruth jersey for a record $4.4 million.
The auction company says the Jackson jersey has been photomatched to the night when Jackson almost singlehandedly dispatched the Los Angeles Dodgers by belting three homers.
Bidding will commence just as the 2013 baseball season gets underway and the winning bidder will get the jersey, freshly autographed by the Hall of Famer.
On October 18, 1977, Jackson homered off Dodger starter Burt Hooten in the fourth inning to give the Yankees the lead, then connected off Elias Sosa in the fifth and finally, with the crowd chanting his name, he blasted the first pitch from Charlie Hough into the right field seats.
He had hit a first pitch homer late in Game 5 of the series, then walked on four pitches in the second inning of game six. Jackson had homered on his last four swings in the Series, with each coming off a different L.A. pitcher. It was the Yankees first championship since 1962. The performance earned Jackson the Series MVP award and launched his “Mr. October legend”.
The size 44 Wilson jersey has Jackson’s last name and the two-digit year stitched into the collar.
“Reggie is going to sign and inscribe the jersey before we open the auction to bids,” Kohler stated.