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1951 New York Giants Program and Full Ticket from Willie Mays' First Career Home Run and 1973 New York Mets Ticket Stub From Mays' Last Career Home
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,304
Twenty-two years separate the date of Willie Mays' first career home run, on May 28, 1951, and his final home run, on August 17, 1973. Offered here are three rare souvenirs commemorating both of those historic home runs. 1-2) New York Giants program and full ticket from a game against the Boston Braves at the Polo Grounds in New York City on May 28, 1951. It was in this game, in the first inning with two outs and no one on base, that Mays connected for the first home run of his major league career off of future Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn. Interestingly, Mays had been in a horrible slump entering the game. It had so affected Mays that just one day earlier Giants manager Leo Durocher found him crying in front of his locker. Durocher, in a rare moment of sensitivity, comforted him by telling him that as long he was the manager Mays would be his center fielder. It was just the vote of confidence Mays needed, and the next day he hit the first of his eventual 660 home runs. Years later, when that story was told to Spahn, he responded, "I'll never forgive myself. We might have gotten rid of Willie forever if I'd only struck him out." The sixteen-page program (6.5 x 9.75 inches) is neatly scored in pencil to record the Braves' 4-1 victory and duly notes Mays' first-inning home run. In Excellent condition. The full ticket (6.25 x 1.75 inches), which might be a proof because no box or seat number is listed, displays a small separation along the perforation line, as well a minor crease in the same area. In Excellent condition. 3) New York Mets ticket stub from a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium in New York City on August 17, 1973. It was in this game, in the fourth inning, with one out and no one on base, that Mays hit his sixth home run of the season off of Don Gullett. Little did anyone realize at the time that it would be the last home run of his remarkable career. The ticket stub (2 x 2.25 inches) is on thin paper stock and reads "Admission Coupon," for a "Loge Box" seat. In Near Mint condition. Total: 3 items. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,304
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