Now here’s something we haven’t seen in a sports memorabilia auction.
It’s one of the most famous moments in modern baseball history–and it didn’t happen on the field.
Lee Elia’s tirade after a 1983 Cubs game is legendary for its length– and perhaps a record-setting string of profanity. The 25th anniversary has even the good-natured former manager himself autographing special commemorative baseballs.
Elia’s infamous diatribe against afternoon patrons at Wrigley Field that day in ’83 was preserved for eternity thanks to radio reporter Les Grobstein who had his trusty tape recorder rolling in the informal, but dangerous post-game clubhouse press conference.
Believe it or not, the thing still works. And Les, a memorabilia enthusiast himself we hear, was surprised to find out at least one big leaguer thinks it might be a collector’s item–or at least a great fundraiser in Chicago.