Description2000 Whitey Ford Day Tiffany Champagne Bucket from The Bobby Murcer Collection. The Yankees gave Whitey Ford his own day when they held Whitey Ford Day August 20, 2000. Oh yeah, the Yankees really know how to honor their own. Select dignitaries in attendance received this Tiffany champagne bucket (8.5" tall) which honored The Chairman of the Board. "Whitey Ford Day August 20, 2000" and an image of Ford is etched on front. The back features a Yankees emblem and "William Barthman Jeweler" notation. Minor wear is found on the Yankee emblem. We did confer with our Tiffany experts and this was their assessment: While this example is unmarked, it was likely manufactured without a mark because this bucket was special-ordered and never intended for retail sale. This piece is identical to the other examples of Tiffany's champagne buckets from the early 21st century and we would have no problem attributing this bucket to Tiffany and Co. Letter of provenance from Murcer family.
The Bobby Murcer Collection
Hailed as "the next Mickey Mantle" as he was introduced to the New York Yankees fan base in the mid-1960's, Bobby Murcer came to that association in more ways than simply his elite early talent. Born and raised in the Commerce Comet's home state of Oklahoma, Murcer was discovered by scout Tom Greenwade, the same man who had unearthed the Mick in Baxter Springs, Kansas. And, like Mantle, he made the switch from shortstop in his early years to the vast expanse of Yankee Stadium's center field in pinstripes.
While Murcer did not ultimately join his boyhood hero in the upper reaches of the sport's pantheon, he was successful in becoming one of the most beloved figures of his Bronx era, slugging a game-winning homer for his first Major League hit in 1965, and sharing an outfield with the legend on Mickey Mantle Day the same year, a contest he would later describe as the greatest thrill of his career. In June 1970, he would join Lou Gehrig, Johnny Blanchard and Mantle as the only Yankees to hit home runs in four consecutive at-bats.
Today, Murcer is best remembered for his heroic performance in the face of tragedy, winning the first Yankees game after the funeral of his teammate and dear friend Thurman Munson nearly single-handedly, clubbing a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in every Yankee run in the five-to-four victory over the Baltimore Orioles on August 6, 1979.
Murcer's association with the New York Yankees franchise continued on after his retirement as a player, both in management and as a hitting coach before finding a home behind the broadcasting mike, where he would earn a new generation of fans during nearly two decades on the air. He became even more active in his philanthropic pursuits during his retirement before the tragic diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor shocked the baseball world. After a brave eighteen-month battle, Murcer passed away in July of 2008.
Commissioner Bud Selig eulogized, "All of Major League Baseball is saddened today by the passing of Bobby Murcer, particularly on the eve of this historic All-Star game at Yankee Stadium, a place he called home for so many years. Bobby was a gentleman, a great ambassador for baseball, and a true leader both on and off the field. He was a man of great heart and compassion."
We are honored for the opportunity to celebrate Mr. Murcer's noble life of service and achievement upon the pages that follow. All lots will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from his son Todd.
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