Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jeffrey Maier’s glove, used to catch Derek Jeter’s home run in 1996 ALCS, to be auctioned: Report

The glove that many say helped kick-start, or maybe hand-crank, the New York Yankees glorious run in the late-90's is up for grabs.

The black mitt Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter’s tying home run against Baltimore in the eighth inning of the 1996 AL Championship Series opener at the original Yankee Stadium will be auctioned off, according to The Associated Press.

Heritage Auction said Monday the infamous glove will be put up for bids on Feb. 21 in New York. It did not identify the current owner, who reportedly had purchased the glove from Maier.

During the controversial play, a 12-year-old Maier reached in front of the right-field wall and prevented Tony Tarasco from catching Jeter’s drive on Oct. 9, 1996.

Umpire Rich Garcia declined to call fan interference and Bernie Williams hit an 11th-inning home run that gave the Yankees a 5-4 victory.

Baltimore’s protest was ultimately denied by baseball’s ruling executive council and AL President Gene Budig.

New York went on to defeat the Orioles in five games and win the first of what would be four World Series titles in five years. And the glove — another part of Yankees lore.

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