A family named Marino (no, not the autograph fakers) discovered a pair of items that date from the first-ever collegiate sporting event in the United States. And for the low, low price of $30 million, they’re yours.
It’s a classic story. One that keeps us looking in every nook and cranny for that piece of history that time forgot. A Maine family clearing out a rental property 25 years ago found a pair of old oars. They used them to prop open some windows and to keep stuff inside the bed of their pickup truck. A closer look revealed silver plates attached with the inscription describing Harvard’s victory over Yale in an 1852 rowing competition. It’s generally recognized as the first college sporting event ever held.
The family has an ad in an antique magazine seeking a buyer. It’s a great story but they appear to be overly optimistic or a little out of touch with the value of sports memorabilia.
That two-mile race was won by Harvard and is fairly well documented.
Oh..and while we’re on the subject of weird stories…here’s a guy who has convinced himself he’s found Babe Ruth’s called shot home run ball…in a box of plastic ice cream containers.