Hunt Auctions will present a selection of materials from the personal collection of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame second baseman Bill Mazeroski at the upcoming Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Auction, including the jersey he was wearing when he hit the World Series-winning home run in 1960.
Regarded as one of the finest defensive players of his era Bill Mazeroski enjoyed a storied career with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1956-1972 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. While recognized for his defensive abilities and two World Championship seasons with the Pirates in 1960 and 1971 he will be forever immortalized due to the dramatic home run in game #7 of the ‘60 World Series, the only walk off home run in the history of World Series play.
After the New York Yankees had rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning to tie the score at 9-9 Mazeroski came to bat in the bottom of the frame against Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry. Leading off the inning Mazeroski belted the ball over the wall at Forbes Field sending the city of Pittsburgh into a frenzied state of celebration and shocking the entire baseball world.
This historic archive of materials relating to the Hall of Famer’s career and iconic World Series home run will be unveiled to the public and offered for the first time at public auction on November 9, as part of the annual live auction at the home of Louisville Slugger.
“I will always treasure the fans of Pittsburgh and my career with the Pirates organization for the many wonderful seasons.” remarked Bill Mazeroski. “I was fortunate to be able to hit the game seven home run in the 1960 World Series to help my teammates bring a championship to the city of Pittsburgh and will always be humbled by the recognition it has brought to me and my family over time. I have enjoyed these items for many years and felt the timing was ideal to share them with the public especially given the excitement surrounding the current Pirates team and their fans. The memory of that home run will always stay with me. It’s something I’ve never been able to explain. I still get chills talking about it. That’s the dream every kid has.”
Featured items in the auction include:
• Pirates 1960 World Series Game #7 home uniform
• Bronzed professional model cleats from 1960 World Series Game #7
• Gold Glove Awards from seasons 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967
• Scarce “Momen” Roberto Clemente professional model bat as given to Bill Mazeroski
- 1960 Babe Ruth Award for best post-season performance
“It is truly an honor to have been chosen to represent these highly significant items from the collection of Bill Mazeroski.” Said David Hunt, President , Hunt Auctions. “Mr. Mazeroski’s place within the rich history of the game of baseball has been cemented for the ages with his colossal 1960 World Series walk off home run which, to date, remains one of the most significant moments in the history of the game. Equally impressive is the manner in which he has carried himself as an ambassador of the game of baseball both on and off the field within the Pittsburgh community for over 50 years. We are elated to have been afforded the privilege of bringing these pieces to the fans of Pittsburgh and baseball alike.”
Select items from the Mazeroski collection are on display at PNC Park now, during the final home stand of September 18-22. Hunt Auctions says a portion of the proceeds from the Mazeroski items in the auction will be donated to Pirates Charities.
“Bill’s humble presence has been a fixture of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball for more than 50 years,” said Pirates President Frank Connelly. “He means so much to, not only the Pirates, but the Pittsburgh community as well. His commitment can be seen through his continued support of Pirates Charities in helping make a positive impact on the lives of people in need throughout our region.”
The auction itself will take place on Saturday November 9, live at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, KY. For more details about the auction or the Mazeroski Collection visit Hunt Auctions at www.huntauctions.com or call 610.724.9382.