Lot 540: End of the Curse Pitching Mound Rubber
Auction Date:12/19/2004 9:00 PM EST
The only pitching rubber used on the mound at Busch Stadium for the two games of the 2004 World Series played in St. Louis carries a definite “footprint” of the Red Sox’ curse-busting victories that gave them their first championship since the Babe was sold to the Yankees. In fact, the rubber still may have traces of footprints left by Pedro Martinez in game three (a 4-1 Bosox win) and Derek Lowe in game four (the 3-0 whitewash that caused the earth to move). Given the propulsion the slab gave to those two, the Sox may want to get their hands on it so they can install it at Fenway Park, for Curt Schilling and Tim Wakefield to push off next season. The rubber, installed before the start of the 2004 season, is approx. 24 x 36” and at its crest approx. 4 1/2” in depth. On the back left top corner is the MLB hologram. The obvious wear, soiling and cleat marks are like badges of honor. After all, you don’t break a curse without some mighty hard work. 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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