Retired Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is planning to auction his 13 Gold Gloves and a pair of World Series rings he received from the St. Louis Cardinals.
SCP Auctions said Tuesday that bidding for the online sale will start Nov. 14 and end Dec. 1. SCP said Smith decided on the auction, which also includes 11 All-Star game rings, as part of estate and family planning.
“My family and I have decided together which of my pieces to keep and which to share,” Smith said in a statement. “I will forever cherish every experience associated with earning these awards. … I hope those who are passionate about collecting and preserving such items will gain a similar measure of joy through their ownership.”
In a separate sale, bidding began Tuesday at Goldin Auctions for Pete Rose’s copy of the 1990 agreement in which he accepted a lifetime ban from baseball following an investigation of his gambling while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Bidding runs through Nov. 17.
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Don Larsen is auctioning the uniform he wore while pitching the only World Series perfect game. Steiner Sports is running the auction through Dec. 5, and the company’s website lists the current high bid as $146,000, which is less than the reserve price.
Larsen said the proceeds will pay for the education of his grandchildren.
MILO MOVES ON
Milo Hamilton and Hank Aaron will be linked forever thanks to the Hall of Fame announcer’s call on the slugger’s record-breaking 715th home run.
Hammerin’ Hank joined Hamilton in Houston on Tuesday to celebrate his retirement after 59 major league seasons.
Hamilton called Aaron’s 715th home run on April 8, 1974, as a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves. He says that was the highlight of his career.
Hamilton, 85, is retiring after 28 years with the Houston Astros.
SURGERY FOR MCCANN
Braves catcher Brian McCann could be ready for the first month of the 2013 season after having surgery in Atlanta for a right-shoulder injury that hampered his hitting this season.
The Braves said the surgery, performed by Braves orthopedic surgeon Dr. Xavier Duralde, arthroscopically repaired a tear in McCann’s labrum. The tear was larger than was shown in an MRI.
McCann is expected to be able to return to light baseball activities in about four months. That schedule could have him ready for limited activity at the start of spring training.
The Braves said McCann should be able to return to full baseball activity in approximately six months if his rehab goes as expected. That could have McCann receiving full clearance in April.
Atlanta has until three days after the World Series to pick up their $12 million 2013 option for McCann.