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    The spark that started the modern Yankee dynasty!

    1996 Jeffrey Maier Fielder's Glove Used to Catch Derek Jeter ALCS Game One Home Run. As the departing Yankees captain made his final appearance at the various ballparks of the Major Leagues in 2014, each team honored the sport's most popular emissary with a gift evocative of the host city. The Texas Rangers delivered a custom pair of cowboy boots. Cleveland, home of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, presented Jeter with a pinstriped electric guitar. Though the Baltimore Orioles ultimately settled upon a bucket of Maryland crabs, manager Buck Showalter had a different thought as Jeter's final visit to Camden Yards approached.

    "We were talking about what you get him as a gift. I would give him a big picture of the home run [Maier caught]. Well, it wasn't a home run, we know that. That's what I would give him a big picture of and have the whole Baltimore Orioles team sign it. It's a good idea. It's cheap, too, right? Make it in bronze. Not that we remember that."

    Deep wounds heal slowly, it would appear.

    Though Jeter would build a career-long reputation for clutch plays that would culminate with his very last appearance at his own home stadium in 2014, that game-tying and thoroughly controversial 1996 ALCS home run in Game One remains one of the most memorable. After Jim Leyritz was retired on strikes to start the bottom of the eighth inning, the American League Rookie of the Year came to the plate to face hard-throwing Orioles reliever Armando Benitez trailing by one run with one out and the bases empty. Jeter swung at the first offering and sent a long drive to deep right field. Bob Costas made the call.

    "In right field...Tarasco...going back to the track...to the wall...and what happens here? He contends that a fan reaches up and touches it. But Richie Garcia says no. It's a home run!"

    Television replay quickly confirmed Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco's tale, but that reality could not overturn the blown call on the field, leaving Jeter to circle the bases with the tying run. After two more scoreless innings, Bernie Williams would send Yankee fans home with an eleventh inning solo shot to walk off with an unlikely five to four victory. The Yankees would go on to win the ALCS in five games and the subsequent World Series in six, ending the longest Championship drought since Babe Ruth supplied the team's first in 1923. Three more World Championships would come in the next four seasons, and the Bronx was once again the capital of the baseball world.

    Quite a legacy for an eleven-year old kid named Jeffrey Maier.

    Presented is the black leather Mizuno glove that hauled in perhaps the most consequential home run of the modern Yankee dynasty and made a household name of its owner. Solid sandlot use is evident throughout, with "Maier" printed in child-like block lettering on the wrist. Ironclad documentation is supplied in the form of eight photographs of Maier with the glove, as a child at that key turning point of Game One, mobbed by the press in the aftermath that evening, and as an adult holding the glove and photos of himself from that day. Also here are two notarized letters from Maier attesting to the glove's authenticity. Multiple photo matches. Two notarized letters of provenance.






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    February, 2015
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