There have been many signature plays and emotional moments in New York Mets history but none rocked Shea Stadium like the memorable home run hit by Mike Piazza on Sept. 21, 2001 – the first post-9/11 baseball game played in New York.
The jersey Piazza wore that day is being offered for sale in the 2016 Goldin Auctions April Premium Live Auction on April 30 at the NYY Steakhouse in New York City. The auction will open Monday, April 4. The jersey could sell for more than $50,000, which would make it the most expensive Mets jersey ever sold.
Trailing 2-1 to the rival Atlanta Braves in the 8th inning, Piazza drove a Steve Karsay pitch over the left field fence to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. The emotion of the moment was raw for the 40,000 plus fans who erupted in chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A.:
The jersey, which has been on display in the Mets Museum at CitiField, was consigned by a Mets fan who has owned the jersey for many years. It has an American flag patch on the back collar as well as 9-11-01 and American flags embroidered on the right sleeve. In addition, the jersey is signed by Piazza, who is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. The Hall has expressed interest in acquiring the jersey, but someone will have to buy it–and donate it.
“This is the most memorable New York Mets home run ever, and the fact that it was hit by the greatest hitter in team history makes it that much more remarkable,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions.
In addition to the Piazza jersey, the auction also features Gary Carter’s 1986 World Series Trophy, Keith Hernandez’s 1986 Gold Glove Award and over 70 other premium-type items.