Jeffrey Maier baseball glove to sell for $20,000 at Heritage

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2015-06-26 11:27:25

The glove that caused one of the most controversial 'home runs' in recent baseball history is heading to the auction block.

A Heritage Auctions sale on February 21-22 will include the childhood glove of Jeffrey Maier – who made headlines in 1996 when he inadvertently helped the New York Yankees to victory against the Baltimore Orioles.

The two teams met during post-season in the seven-game ALCS series, to decide who went on to the World Series. The Yankees had won the pennant in 15 years, but had been spurred on during the season by rookie short stop Derek Jeter

At the bottom of the eighth inning with bases empty, the Yankees were trailing by a run. Jeter stepped up to the plate, and hit the first ball to deep right field. Orioles right fielder Tony Tarrasco rose to catch the ball as it headed for the boundary, but at the last moment it was deflected by another hand reaching over the fence to grab it – the hand of 11-year-old Jeffrey Maier.

Tarasco rightly called fan interference, but the umpires disagreed and made the wrong call -  a home run. Jeter rounded the bases, the game was tied, and the Yankees went on to win it in during the extra innings.

The incident has been described as "the spark that lit the modern Yankees dynasty". The team went on the win the series 4-1, and then came from 0-2 down to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in the World Series. It was the start of a run which saw the Yankees win the title four times in five years, with many regarding their 1998 team as one of the finest in baseball history.

Now Maier's much-storied glove is coming to auction, where it's expected to sell for upwards of $20,000+.

"This is, charmingly, a kid's sandlot baseball glove," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. "It was obviously well-used before being brought to Yankee Stadium on the night of Oct. 9, 1996. Yet this little black leather Mizuno glove hauled in perhaps the most consequential and memorable home run of Derek Jeter's long and prolific career — and made a household name of its owner."

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