The glove purportedly used by Bill Wambsganss when he turned the only unassisted triple play in World Series history was sold in one of several sports memorabilia auctions taking place this week.
It was a gift that turned out to be worth nearly $30,000. One of the most famous individual plays in World Series history involved Cleveland Indians’ second baseman Bill Wambsganss, who in 1920 made an unassisted triple play. It hasn’t been done since and the glove he’s said to have used that day was sold early Friday morning in a Leland’s auction. The final price of $29,375 included a buyer’s premium.
A baseball autographed by Franklin Roosevelt after he threw out the first pitch of the 1935 season brought $42,011, while another ball signed by Fidel Castro complete with a photo of the momoent drew a top bid of $16,510. A 1973 Oakland A’s full size World Series trophy went for $31,827.
The autograph collection of the late dealer/collector Seth Boyd sold for $22,310 while a 2002 Angels World Series ring belonging to a front office executive reached $10,779.
The second half of the auction concludes Friday night.