The uniform worn by New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen during his 1956 World Series perfect game was sold at auction for $756,000.
The successful offer, the 22nd bid on the No. 18 uniform, came from Pete Siegel, the chief executive officer of New York- based memorabilia seller GottaHaveIt.com, according to a statement from Steiner Sports, which organized yesterday’s auction.
The championship ring collection of former college basketball coach Bob Knight sold for $400,000. Knight led Indiana University to national titles in 1976, 1981 and 1987.
Both Knight and Larsen placed the items for auction to fund their grandchildren’s college educations, according to the statement.
“I’m just delighted and relieved,” Larsen, 83, said in a statement. “This will sure take care of the college education of my grandchildren and leave a few dollars for a nice family vacation.”
The right-hander’s perfect game, a 2-0 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers, was one of 23 in Major League Baseball history and the only one during the playoffs.
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