Lot 539: End of the Curse Home Plate
Auction Date:12/19/2004 9:00 PM EST
It may have been planted in the turf of Busch Stadium, but this dish is most significant to folks hundreds of miles to the east. Having been in service since 1999 including the 2004 season, it was the only home plate used for the two games of the 2004 World Series played in St. Louis, and thus the marker crossed by Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, aimed at by Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe -- and danced on by all of the Boston Red Sox -- in winning those two games 4-1 and 3-0 and ending the wretched “Curse of the Bambino” at long last. Though Sox fans will no doubt want to get down on all fours and kiss this preturnatural plate, be advised that the residue of those two games is embedded in the hard surface, in the form of dirt, cleat and bat marks. Every mark and scratch, of course, is like precious artwork to the long-suffering, now-relieved Red Sox Nation, and the lucky owner of the dish may do some decorating of his own, crying tears of joy on it. Plate is approx. 17” in width, with the front sides each approx. 8 1/2” in length. From the rear of the plate to the tip is 17” as well. Plate has a raised MLB hologram on the back tip. As a side note, the plate was also the one Ken Griffey Jr. and Mark McGwire stepped on after hitting their 500th homeruns in addition to serving the 2000, 2001 and 2002 playoffs, meaning it has seen more history than most other home plates will see in, say, 86 years. Authenticated by Deloitte and Touche, the official authenticator of Major League Baseball. Also accompanied by a LOA from the St. Louis Cardinals.
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