Mitch Williams, the colorful relief pitcher who spent 11 years in the major leagues, is selling the jersey, glove and cleats he was wearing when he surrendered Joe Carter’s World Series-winning home run in 1993.
The game-worn goods are among 23 lots consigned by Williams to Hunt Auctions, which is offering them for online and phone bidding through September 30.
Wearing his trademark 99 jersey, “Wild Thing” had saved a career high 43 games for the Philadelphia Phillies during the regular season, but was saddled with the loss in Game 4 of the World Series, then gave up Carter’s historic three-run blast in the 9th inning of Game 6 in Toronto.
His road jersey, with the tails cut off out of personal preference, is signed and inscribed as the one he was wearing that night, as are the cleats and glove. Williams wore his spikes for much of the 1993 season.
In all, 23 lots of Williams items are up for grabs in the auction including the ball he hit to win the latest game in Major League Baseball history.
After three rain delays on the night of July 4, 1993, the Phillies and Padres began the second game of a doubleheader at around 1:25 AM. It went to extra innings and didn’t end until a Williams single in the tenth brought it to a merciful end at 4:40 AM. Williams and signed and inscribed the ball with details of the evening.
Hunt Auctions is promising a letter of authenticity from Williams for all items.
Retiring after the 1997 season, Williams was most recently an analyst for MLB Network.