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1960 Boston Red Sox Ticket Stub from Ted Williams' Last Game
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,659
Rare ticket stub from Ted Williams' final game on September 28, 1961, at Fenway Park. Ted Williams' final game took many people by surprise. While everyone knew that the 1960 season was to be his last, everyone assumed he would close out his career during the club's final three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Instead, Williams received permission from the club to skip the final road trip, meaning his final game would take place against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 28th. With no official announcement made regarding Williams' decision, it's no wonder that only about 10,000 showed up to witness history that day. Williams' final at bat took came in the eighth inning and even Hollywood could not have come up with a better ending. Years later Curt Gowdy, longtime broadcaster for the Red Sox who called the game that day, recounted the drama of "Teddy Ballgame's" goodbye: "His last time up, there were maybe 10,000 people at Fenway. It was a cold, gray day. He ran the count to 2-and-2. Jack Fisher threw him a letter-high fastball and Ted hit it high and far and it landed in the right-field grandstand. He rounded the bases with his head down as he always did, crossed the plate and ran into the dugout. The fans were screaming for him to take a bow, but he never did so. I remember the last line of John Updike's piece in the New Yorker, 'Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu. "Gods don't answer letters.'" When Carroll Hardy replaced Williams in left field in the top of the ninth inning, one of the greatest chapters in baseball history came to an official close. This rare ticket commemorates that memorable finale and is one of only a few we have ever seen. Granting admittance to a grandstand seat, the ticket (1.5 x 2.75 inches) displays an irregular tear at the top and is in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,659
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