Jerry Koosman, on the mound when the Miracle Mets clinched the 1969 World Series, wound up withe the baseball. But he no longer has it.
It had been more than 20 years. Jerry Koosman never made a fortune playing ball and he just figured ‘why not?’
A moderately succesful pitcher today wouldn’t have worried about needing money but cash trumped memories for the man who pitched the ball that ended the 1969 World Series.
A number of years ago–he’s not sure exactly when– Koosman sold the baseball and some other potentially valuable items to someone who was just willing to come to his house and buy them. Where they wound up is anyone’s guess, but with the ’69 Mets 40th anniversary celebration happening this year, it’s the topic of this column by Jim Baumbach in Newsday.
Koosman was given the ball by Cleon Jones, who caught the fly ball off the bat of the Orioles’ Dave Johnson, but Baumbach says Jones told him he doesn’t hold a grudge.