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Hall of Famer Mazeroski’s Collectibles Sell for $1.7 Million

Pirates Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski
Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski, 77, played for the Pirates from 1956-1972 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. Photographer: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images via Getty Images

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski’s memorabilia collection, including the uniform he wore when he won the 1960 World Series with a Game 7 walk-off home run, was sold at auction for more than $1.7 million, according to Hunt Auctions.

The World Series uniform was sold for $632,500 yesterday at the 10th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Live Auction in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I was completely overwhelmed and humbled by the auction of my sports memorabilia collection that I witnessed,” Mazeroski said in a statement. “I had no idea the tremendous value of these treasures I have held on to all these years.”

Mazeroski, 77, played for the Pirates from 1956-1972 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He played on two championship teams in 1960 against the New York Yankees and 1971 when the Pirates beat the defending champion Baltimore Orioles in seven games.

Mazeroski’s bronzed bat went for $322,000; a set of bronzed cleats was sold for $97,750; the player’s Gold Glove awards from 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967 fetched $193,775; the Roberto Clemente bat given to Mazeroski was auctioned for $86,250; and his 1960 Babe Ruth Award reached $41,400.

“Bill’s legacy as one of the greatest players in Pittsburgh Pirates history coupled with the iconic status of his legendary 1960 World Series home run served as an appropriate foundation for the incredible prices realized at the auction,” said David Hunt, president of Exton, Pennsylvania-based Hunt Auctions.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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