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The collection of a popular former New York Yankees standout is going on the market.
Willie Randolph has consigned numerous items from his career to Goldin Auctions, which will offer them in its October Legends Auction, set to open Monday.
Randolph played 13 of his 18 seasons with the Yankees after being acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates following the 1975 season. When his career ended, Randolph stood fifth in baseball history in games played at second base and third in double plays. In 2015, the Yankees dedicated a plaque in Monument Park honoring their long-time infielder.
“New Yorkers love people who grew up on the same streets that they came from,” the Brooklyn native told MLB.com in 2017. “They love people who are hard workers and who play hard every time out. I think I did that, and the fans never forgot that.”
“Willie Randolph has had quite the career both as a player where he recorded more than 2,200 career hits and was a six-time All-Star and also as a coach and manager for 15-seasons,” said Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “In addition to his own items, we have a number of unique treasures acquired from teammates throughout his journey that add to this remarkable snapshot of baseball history.”
Included in the collection are Randolph’s 1996, ’98 and ’99 World Series trophies from his long stint as a coach; his 1981 World Series game used glove, 1981 home jersey, and a bat belonging to him that was used by Thurman Munson in 1976.
The 80-lot collection also includes a host of items from Yankees who played with or for him during his career including a 1996-97 Derek Jeter game-used glove, a 1982-84 Dave Winfield game-used glove; a 1985 Reggie Jackson game-used bat; a 1990s Mariano Rivera game-used glove and other items.
The complete collection will be available for preview on Sunday at GoldinAuctions.com. The auction will run through October 19.
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