Lou Gehrig’s Watch Joins Johnny Manziel Jersey in Sports AuctionMason Levinson
Lou Gehrig’s 1928 championship wristwatch and a jersey Johnny Manziel wore during his Heisman Trophy season will go up for auction this month.
The watch given to Gehrig, the Baseball Hall of Famer for the New York Yankees, for winning the 1928 World Series will be sold by SCP Auctions Inc., it said in a news release.
A jersey Manziel wore during home games at Texas A&M University in 2012, when he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, will be sold. The online auction begins today and runs through Aug. 23.
Gehrig, a first baseman who played 17 years for the Yankees, retired in 1939 because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He died in 1941. The neurodegenerative disease later became known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Nicknamed the “Iron Horse,” Gehrig’s 2,130 consecutive games played stood as a record until being broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995.
He was one of 30 people given the specially designed Hamilton “Piping Rock” wristwatch on opening day of the 1929 Major League Baseball season, after the Yankees swept the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 1928 World Series.
The watch, engraved with “Henry L. Gehrig” on its side and “Yankees 1928 World Champions” on its back, was given by Gehrig’s mother, Christina, to family friend Ruth Quick upon Christina Gehrig’s death in 1954. It had remained in the Quick family since, and is still “functioning perfectly,” according to the release, which cites its estimated value at $300,000.
Most of Gehrig’s championship rings and other presentation jewelry were turned into a charm bracelet for his wife, Eleanor. The bracelet is now at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The maroon Manziel No. 2 jersey bears his signature on the back as well as an inscription that notes his 2012 Heisman win as college football’s top player; his 3,706 yards passing; 26 touchdown passes; 1,410 yards rushing; 21 rushing touchdowns; “Johnny Football” nickname, and his Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year award.
The jersey’s seller wishes to remain anonymous, according to SCP Auctions. Texas A&M does not know who the seller is, as it allows players to keep their jerseys at the end of each season per National Collegiate Athletic Association guidelines, Alan Cannon, a spokesman for the College Station, Texas, school said in an e-mail. An e-mail seeking comment from Brad Beckworth, a member of Manziel’s management team, wasn’t immediately returned.
Manziel was selected with the 22nd pick of the National Football League draft by the Cleveland Browns in May.
Dan Imler, vice president of Laguna Niguel, California-based SCP Auctions, said in a statement that the jersey has the potential to sell for more than $100,000, which would be a record for a game-worn college jersey.
Among the highest-selling game-worn jerseys was Paul Hornung’s 1955 Notre Dame jersey, which sold at auction in 2010 for $26,270, according to Terry Melia, a spokesman for SCP Auctions.