Paula Kurman first met her husband, Jim Bouton, in 1977, at a hospital fund-raiser at a Bloomingdale’s in Hackensack, N.J. She thought he was handsome, but she didn’t understand why people wanted his autograph. He said he had once pitched for the Yankees, but for Kurman that wasn’t a good enough reason. She is a doctor, a behavioral scientist, and the more she talked to Bouton, the more she knew there was something else there. She found him witty, maybe even brilliant, and she knew she liked him.
Smithsonian Books and collector/author Stephen Wong have collaborated on a new book that was just recently released. Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game’s Greatest Heroes and Moments showcases baseball uniforms from 20th century Major League players, including the historically significant jerseys, jackets, hats, and other collectibles.
SCP Auctions is extremely excited to announce that it will offer the personal memorabilia collection of former major league pitching great Don Drysdale. The late Hall of Famer’s unbelievable lineup of baseball heirlooms and mementoes – dating as far back as 1954 during his senior year at Van Nuys (Calif.) High School – encompasses more than 200 lots and will hit the online auction block on Wednesday, April 6, at www.scpauctions.com. Drysdale’s most prominent awards and game-worn uniforms are included: 1963 and ’65 World Series championship rings; 1956 National League championship ring; 1962 MLB Cy Young Award; a host of game-worn Dodger uniforms from his playing days in both Brooklyn (1956, rookie season) as well as Los Angeles (1965, ‘66 and ’69); and the actual game-used baseball from the final inning pitched of his then-MLB record streak of throwing 58-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball in 1968.
“We feel honored to have been chosen by the Drysdale family to bring this extraordinary collection to auction,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler. “Don was among the most accomplished and revered pitchers in Major League Baseball history and his impressive assemblage of awards and accolades speaks volumes as to his winning ways out on the mound.”
A standout baseball player from more than half a century ago, Drysdale was drafted by the then-Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 right out of high school. Within two years, the 6’ 5” right-hander was brought up from the minors and eventually earned a spot in the Dodgers starting rotation at age 20 when he posted a team-high 17 victories in 1957. A nine-time MLB All-Star, Drysdale posted 209 career wins, struck out 2,486 batters and led the N.L. in K’s in three different seasons (1959-60, ’62). He also played a major role in helping the Dodgers reach the World Series five times and winning it all thrice. A torn rotator cuff forced “Big D’ to retire during the 1969 season and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. A long time radio broadcaster after his playing days ended, Drysdale died suddenly of a heart attack on July 3, 1993, during a road trip with the Dodgers to Montreal. He was 56 years old. -Terry Melia
Last summer, we told you that items from the personal collection of Hall of Famer Don Drysdale would be coming to auction. Now, we know a little more about what items from the late pitcher’s career will be offered and when. Game-worn uniforms and other game-used gear, signed photos, trophies and other career memorabilia were part of the collection that will be sold on consignment by SCP Auctions.
More than 200 pieces of Don Drysdale’s personal collection of memorabilia are being sold. Game-used gear, championship rings and awards are all among the items being put up for bid. They headline SCP Auctions’ 2016 Spring Premier Auction. Game-worn uniforms from both the 1963 and 1965 World Series are among the items expected to fetch the highest bids. Other jerseys come from throughout his career including his rookie season of 1956 in Brooklyn. Los Angeles jerseys from 1965, 1966 and 1969 are also available.
SCP Auctions is offering two game-worn uniforms from the final season campaigns of two New York Yankees legends – Joe DiMaggio (1951) and Thurman Munson (1979) – as part of its 2015 Fall Premier online auction. The uniforms originate from the estate collections of both players and include documentation from the DiMaggio and Munson families, respectively.
SCP Auctions is proud to present a collection of 41 game-worn “Jackie Robinson Day” Major League Baseball jerseys from the New York Yankees. The No. 42 jerseys represent MLB seasons spanning 2010 to 2014 and include a total of 41 past and present Yankees players who competed on Jackie Robinson Day (April 15) during any of those five years. Notable Yankees’ stars who made jersey donations include Mark Teixeira (’10), Joba Chamberlain (’10), Derek Jeter (‘11), Jorge Posada (’11), A.J. Burnett (’11), Curtis Granderson (’11), Nick Swisher (’11), Freddy Garcia (’11), Eric Chavez (‘12), Raul Ibanez (’12), Ichiro Suzuki (’13), CC Sabathia (’13) and Brian McCann (’14). Initial bidding for the current online auction at www.scpauctions.com closes on Saturday, August 22, at 5 p.m. (PDT).
All 41 jerseys were consigned to SCP Auctions by the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), a national, not-for-profit, organization founded in 1973 by Rachel Robinson (Jackie’s widow) as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson through the advancement of higher education among underserved populations. All proceeds from the online auction of the jerseys will go toward benefitting the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides generous four-year college scholarships in conjunction with a comprehensive set of skills and opportunities to disadvantaged students of color to ensure their success in college and to develop their leadership potential. Every jersey has been authenticated by Major League Baseball and comes with a Letter of Authenticity from the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
“We are extremely honored and proud to partner with the Jackie Robinson Foundation for this worthy cause,” said SCP Auctions’ President David Kohler.
Jackie Robinson Day is a traditional event which occurs every year in MLB ballparks across North America to commemorate and honor the day Robinson made his major league debut: April 15, 1947. Initiated for the first time on April 15, 2004, Jackie Robinson Day is a celebration of Robinson’s memorable career, best known for becoming the first black major league baseball player of the modern era. Online bidding is open to registered bidders only. For more information, call 949-831-3700. -Terry Melia
The jerseys of most-famous number in all of Major League Baseball worn by stars from the most-successful franchise in history are being sold by SCP Auctions. A collection of 41 jerseys worn by members of the New York Yankees from 2010 to 2014 all bearing the No. 42 have been consigned to the Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based auction house by the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which is a non-profit organization founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973. Its efforts help fund higher education opportunities for those in need. Proceeds from this auction will go to such efforts.