- Darren Rovell, ESPN.com Sports Business reporter
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Wednesday night went a long way toward funding the college education bill for the grandchildren of Don Larsen and Bobby Knight.
Larsen, the former New York Yankees pitcher, saw the jersey from his perfect game sell for $756,000 at an auction on Wednesday night. In addition, a huge collection of memorabilia owned by Knight, the former Indiana Hoosiers basketball coach and ESPN analyst, was highlighted by his championship ring from the Hoosiers' 1976 perfect season, which sold for $209,940.
Both Larsen and Knight said they were selling their prized possessions in an auction conducted by New York-based Steiner Sports to raise money for their grandchildren's tuition costs.
Other Knight rings generated significant money, including his ring from the Hoosiers' 1987 title ($54,000) and 1981 title ($45,542) and his 1981 Basketball Hall of Fame ring ($36,932).
Several oddball items from Knight turned into hot commodities for collectors. A chair from the 1976 Final Four sold for $19,201, a 1988 game-worn sweater sold for $4,500, and a game-worn white and red adidas shoe sold for $1,980.
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