Lot 313: Baseball From Derek Jeter's 3,000th Hit At Bat
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Auction Date:12/16/2011 9:00 PM EST
On July 9, 2011, All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter became just the second player in major league history to homer for his 3,000th career hit, victimizing Tampa Bay's David Price in the third inning that afternoon in the Bronx. During that unforgettable at-bat, Jeter fouled off three pitches; the first and third were corralled by ballboys on the field of play. The second was fouled off down the first-base line. that was caught in the Yankee Stadium crowd by the father of fan Steven Picciano, who is putting the ball up for auction. And now it could be yours! The official Major League (Selig) Baseball is specially marked by MLB with "J1" and shows nice use with one big black mark from the spot where Jeter hit it. This is one of only four balls with this marking since this was Jeter's only at-bat during which he was bidding for his 3,000th hit. It is likely to be one of only two available to the public, along with the actual home run. The ball comes with an LOA from Picciano, along with his ticket from the game. Interestingly, Jeter's #2 was especially significant that day as he joined former teammate Wade Boggs as the second player to homer for hit #3,000. He also became just the second player to record five hits on the day of his 3,000th hit (matching Craig Biggio's achievement), and joined Honus Wagner as the second shortstop ever to reach the milestone. A surefire Hall of Famer when he is eligible, Jeter is the first 3,000-hit player in the history of the storied New York Yankees franchise, making this a vital artifact.
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