Jeffrey Maier’s glove hits auction via Heritage

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The kid’s glove can now be bought.

The glove that New York Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter‘s home run in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series is now up for sale via Heritage Auctions.

The catch made 11-year-old Maier a hero to Yankees fans after he nabbed the ball from the front row of the right-field stands in the field of play just above Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco. The homer tied the game.

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“This is, charmingly, a kid’s sandlot baseball glove,” said Chris Ivy, Heritage’s Director of Sports Auctions, in a prepared release. “It was obviously well-used before being brought to Yankee Stadium on the night of Oct. 12, 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.”

The price tag on the black Mizuno glove is anything but sandlot as it presently sits at $13,000 after two online bids. The auction will end with a live session on Saturday in New York.

This piece of Yankees history is being sold by the person who bought it from Maier and includes a letter and photos from the fan as both a kid and an adult.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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4 comments

  1. Jon 17 February, 2015 at 12:59

    This was the single worst memory of my childhood. That game, series, and World Series belonged to the Orioles. They had an incredible team, and that was an extreme momentum killer! Meyer is the single person I hate most in the world…..can’t think of one other person I hate. Perhaps dislike, but actually hate him (the kid at the time).

  2. Zeprock 17 February, 2015 at 15:07

    Maier didn’t catch the ball. He just pulled it over the wall to give Jeter and the Yankees a freebie. This play was an abomination to the game and we complain about PED users cheating. The ump blew this call big time. That glove should probably be burned in effigy.

  3. DEEEZ 17 February, 2015 at 15:18

    who buys it and cuts it up for some cheesy memorabilia cards
    panini or topps ?

    leaning towards panini

  4. phillies_joe 18 February, 2015 at 11:59

    I agree with Larry……I’d want the ball 100X’s more than the glove. He never caught the ball, just cheatingly pulled it over the fence. It’s an iconic play in the annals of baseball…..but more so for the fact that Garcia blew the call.
    (man…Hate is a really strong word)

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