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    Pictured in special commemorative Sports Illustrated issue

    1960 Ted Williams Game Used Fielder's Glove--Final Season. Ted Williams once said, "A man has to have goals - for a day, for a lifetime. That was mine: to have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.'" One is forced to conclude that he achieved this, considering he smacked 500 home runs, amassed 2,600 hits, walked 2,000 times, and won two Triple Crowns, all in spite of losing nearly five seasons to military service.

    Williams has always been so single-mindedly associated with the art of hitting that one could be forgiven for almost forgetting that he spent half of his baseball life in the outfield, much of it in the shadow of the famed Green Monster of Fenway Park. And while few would argue that anything in Williams' life took precedence over his obsession with hitting, the Hall of Fame Red Sox outfielder was, at his core, a competitor.

    We hear so often, in that ancient debate, that Williams was the superior hitter, but Joe DiMaggio was the better all-around player. And while fielding percentage surely tells only part of the story, it's interesting to note that after over 4,000 games between these two legends, only .004 separates them. The Kid, a left-handed pull hitter, was actually no slouch beneath the towering weirdness of Fenway's Green Monster, posting an entirely respectable .978 lifetime fielding average in that most unusual of outfields. He ranks sixth and ninth in the career statistics for left field putouts and assists respectively.

    Fielding gloves are the toughest of quarry for the collector, unquestionably the rarest weapon in a Big Leaguer's arsenal. Bats come and go and multiple uniforms for each season are replaced the next, but gloves only improve with age and are often worn for multiple seasons, to the brink of ruin. Baseball players have a special connection to their gloves -- though many will allow a teammate to borrow a bat, a ballplayer who will allow another man to use his glove is a rare breed. A glove is like an extension of a player's hand; when you slip one on, it becomes a part of you. Only the glove, like fine wine or old friends, improves and becomes more dear to a ballplayer with each passing day, as the leather becomes more supple, conforms to the hand in such a unique way that a Ted Williams glove, for example, could only fit Ted Williams exactly.

    The offered treasure is one of the very last of The Kid's storied career, if not the last, bar none--the one he hung up when he hung up his glove for good. The "Wilson A2000" bears the "344A" pro code that assures it was made for Williams alone, a clue even stronger than the vintage number "9" in marker on the wrist and the included letter of provenance from renowned journalist and close friend David Pressman.

    The glove exhibits excellent game use from the season the Hub bade the Kid adieu, and is signed twice in blue sharpie--once on the exterior pocket, and again on the interior pinky. An image of the glove appears on page seven of the included 2002 special commemorative issue of Sports Illustrated magazine printed after Williams' passing at age eighty-three. LOA from PSA/DNA (glove). Letter of provenance from David Pressman.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $100,000 - up.

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