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    1968 Curt Flood World Series Game Seven Worn St. Louis Cardinals Cap. The recent HBO documentary "The Curious Case of Curt Flood" points to this event as a major turning point in the downward spiral of Flood's life, suggesting that he never quite got over the key mistake that ultimately scuttled the St. Louis Cardinals' 1968 World Championship aspirations. With two out in the seventh inning of the decisive Game Seven, Flood misjudged a liner off the bat of Detroit Tigers outfielder Jim Northrup, then briefly lost his footing as he corrected his trajectory toward a ball hit harder than he had initially believed. The ball dropped in over his head for a triple, scoring two runs, with Northrup later coming in to make it three to nothing. The game would conclude at four to one in the Tigers' favor.

    In the unfamiliar role of World Series goat, Flood's alcohol problems only increased, and despite a lower pitcher's mound for the 1969 season, his batting average dropped to an unremarkable .285. This decreased offensive output would inspire the team to trade Flood in October of that year, setting his famous battle against the game's firmly entrenched "reserve clause" into motion.

    Presented is the cap Flood was wearing during what would prove to be a most dramatic turning point in baseball history. "New Era" tagging appears in the leather headband, with number "21" in vintage marker under the visor, as well as a 7/10 blue ink autograph and second number "21" from Flood. Strong wear is evident. Included is a handwritten letter from Curt's father Herb Flood, who writes, in part, "Hello, This is the cap that he wore in the Series games. Sorry I couldn't get you a new one." LOA from Heritage Auctions. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA (Flood autograph). Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication (Flood autograph).


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    November, 2013
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
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