Today as part of the All-Star fan fest event in Minnesota an autographed Lou Gehrig glove from 1935 was put up for auction and sold for $287,500.
Where has the glove been all this time? According to Forbes magazine, Gehrig gave it to a New Yorker named Howard Brost Henderson in the mid-1930s and he “has kept the glove in his possession for close to 80 years until now consigning it in the auction.”
Not a bad little payday, although I guess that only comes out to like $3,000 per year.
Some other items at the auction included a Roy Campanella’s Hall of Fame ring for $86,250, a Jackie Robinson bat for $80,500, and a Harmon Killebrew Washington Senators jersey for $40,250.
Welp, it was probably worth the gamble given that the Angels were paying most of his salary. But the Rangers’ gamble on Josh Hamilton failed and now Josh Hamilton is a free agent. The club has given him unconditional release waivers.
Hamilton underwent surgery to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee back in June. During surgery it was discovered that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. This whole season was lost and, while Hamilton has one year remaining on his contract, the Rangers are clearly able to compete without him and could use the roster spot over the small chance that he could be an everyday player again.
Hamilton will earn $30 million next season, $26.41 million of which is being paid for by the Angels. Last year in 182 plate appearances with the Rangers, Hamilton hit .253/.291/.441 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. At age 35, it’s not hard to imagine that his major league career is effectively over.
With the continuing caveat that it is really weird and likely as uncomfortable as hell for all of those involved for this to be playing out so publicly, here is the latest news on the Doc Gooden/Daryl Strawberry/possible cocaine relapse story. From the Daily News:
Dwight (Doc) Gooden is insisting publicly that he doesn’t have a drug problem, yet more and more people want to help him — none more significant than the Yankees, who have reached out to say they’ll pay for any treatment he would consider getting.
That’s admirable of the Yankees, as is their refusal to comment on it further (the Daily News got this info from Strawberry). The Yankees, of course, gave both Strawberry and Gooden second chances in the 1990s when their addiction problems threatened their careers.