Whitey Ford had saved virtually everything from his baseball career. The decision to turn it over to an auction company wasn’t easy.
It was like a museum from the Yankees’ mid-century dynasty.
Make that two.
Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford had Yankees memorabilia stored in two places, all of it with great memories attached and much of it quite valuable. The pieces were one-of-a-kind but many were also quite personal.
When Hunt Auctions went in search of a major collection to highlight its All Star Fan Fest sale set for this summer in New York, Ford finally made the decision to part with much of what he’d saved. The company spent time with Ford, his children and grandchildren, helping them decide what to turn over.
"It was very hard," Ford told a reporter.
The Courier News of New Jersey went inside the process and also reports that deciding to sell off those old momentos is a dilemma faced by many older athletes.