Ozzie Smith memorabilia up for sale
Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinals great Ozzie Smith is selling his 13 Gold Gloves, 11 of his All-Star Game rings and more than 100 pieces of memorabilia from his personal collection in a November online auction, the California auction house that will be overseeing the sale announced Tuesday.
SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel, Calif., said in a news release that Smith has decided to sell his collection "as part of his estate and family planning."
"I am honored to share a portion of the memorabilia from my professional baseball career with fans and collectors," Smith said in a statement Tuesday evening. "My family and I have decided together which of my pieces to keep and which to share. I will forever cherish every experience associated with earning these awards that I shared with the Cardinal Nation and the baseball community. I hope those who are passionate about collecting and preserving such items will gain a similar measure of joy through their ownership."
Smith, known as "The Wizard'' for his trailblazing defensive prowess, made 15 career All-Star Games and won the National League Gold Glove Award at shortstop every year from 1980 through 1992. He made the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 2002 with 91.7 percent of the vote.
In addition to his Gold Gloves and All-Star Game rings, Smith is selling his 1989 Lou Gehrig Award plaque, his 1995 Roberto Clemente Award trophy, an inscribed Rawlings fielder's glove that he wore in his final game, Cardinals National League championship rings from 1985 and 2004 and Cardinals World Series rings from 2006 and 2011.
"Ozzie Smith was one of the most entertaining and charismatic figures ever to play Major League Baseball," Dan Imler, SCP Auctions managing director, said in the company's news release. "The items in this collection represent the honors bestowed on him for his many contributions to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals."
Bidding on the Smith items will begin Nov. 14 and conclude Dec. 1, the auction house said.
In a separate sale, bidding began Tuesday at Goldin Auctions for Pete Rose's copy of the 1990 agreement in which he accepted a lifetime ban from baseball following an investigation of his gambling while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Bidding runs through Nov. 17.
Don Larsen is auctioning the uniform he wore while pitching the only World Series perfect game. Steiner Sports is running the auction through Dec. 5, and the company's website lists the current high bid as $146,000, which is less than the reserve price.
As part of the same auction, Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight is selling his championship basketball rings and Olympic gold medal. Larsen and Knight said the proceeds will pay for the education of their grandchildren.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.