If you watched Derek Jeter’s final home game last week, you may have seen a pretty nifty trick by a Yankees ball boy during Jeter’s final at-bat. He scooped up a foul ball of Jeter’s bat, then slickly took another ball from his back pocket and gave it to a fan in the front row, preserving the real Jeter foul ball for his own collection—or possibly as a down payment on his college tuition.
ABC News did a story on the incident which you can watch here.
The ball from Jeter’s last hit, by the way, along with his bat and helmet were authenticated by MLB during Sunday’s game. No word on where it’s headed but at least one of those items will likely wind up in Cooperstown.
The New York Daily News reported over the weekend that Jeter has the ball from his final Yankee Stadium hit and what happens to it will be up to him.
Speaking of Jeter, Steiner Sports has unleashed more items for its Jeter catalog including some game-used items from the last days of his career—and they expect to have items from his final game in Boston Sunday by early this week.
Lelands is looking for a group of items it actually sold 13 years ago: a uniform, cap and jacket worn by Art “Pinky” Thrasher during the 1945 All-American All-Star Game sponsored by Esquire Magazine.
The All-American Game lasted from 1944-46 and included a few future major leaguers.
Chairman Josh Evans says the pieces from the young Thrasher’s uniform may have gone in different directions.
“We would be interested in all or part of it and will pay handsomely for any information leading to its procurement,” Evans told Sports Collectors Daily. “It wasn’t stolen. We just want it back.”
Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb managed East and West squads in that contest, held August 28, 1945 in New York. There’s a great photo of Ruth celebrating with some of the boys from his winning East squad that day here.
If you have any information, contact Evans at [email protected]