The Chief Executive Officer of a movie production company who is also part of the Pittsburgh Steelers ownership group spent $954,000 Saturday to buy Bill Mazeroski’s 1960 World Series uniform and bat.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirmed the purchase made by Thomas Tull, a collector who also owns a T206 Honus Wagner baseball card and game-used jerseys from Wagner, Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell.
The Mazeroski jersey and bat were the featured items in the annual Louisville Slugger Factor and Museum Auction. The Hall of Fame second baseman for the Pirates wore the jersey and used the bat 53 years ago when he belted a Series-winning homer at Forbes Field, beating the Yankees.
“If you’re a collector, this type of thing happens from time to time,” Tull told the newspaper. “I think that it’s one of the most important moments in baseball history. When something like that becomes available, it’s rare, and so I was a little bit surprised.”
Tull, whose net worth has been estimated at more than $500 million, paid $632,500 for the Mazeroski uniform and $322,000 for the bronzed bat.
Tull, a native New Yorker, is hoping to display his new additions in Pittsburgh so they can be seen by sports fans in the area.
The movie ‘42’ about the signing of Jackie Robinson, was produced by Tull’s Legendary Pictures group, which also produced The Hangover” trilogy; and the latest Batman trilogy including “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises”.
He joined the Steelers’ ownership group when it was restructured four years ago.