The bloodstained sock former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling wore during the 2004 World Series was auctioned for $92,613, according to Heritage Auctions.
Schilling, 46, helped lead the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years, pitching during the 2004 Major League Baseball championship with stitches in his right ankle to stabilize an injured tendon. Blood from the wound seeped into his white sock, which had been on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, since 2004.
Schilling put the item up for auction eight months after his video-game company, 38 Studios LLC, went bankrupt, leaving Rhode Island taxpayers responsible for a $75 million state loan.
Schilling’s sock, worn in Game 2 of Boston’s World Series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, was offered for online bidding by the Dallas-based firm Feb. 4 with the high-bidder winning at the live auction Feb. 23 in New York. The final price includes a buyer’s premium of 19.5 percent.
Schilling had another bloody sock from his Game 6 win against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, which was thrown away. The image of Schilling’s bloodstained sock was transferred onto posters that hung throughout New England.
Schilling retired after 23 seasons in Major League Baseball. He was a six-time All-Star.
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