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The team captain secures the Gold with the greatest goal in American sports history1980 Mike Eruzione "The Miracle on Ice" Game Used Stick that Scored the Winning Goal. If the Miracle on Ice was the greatest David and Goliath tale in American sports, then this is the sling that launched the fatal blow. It came with precisely ten minutes left in regulation, just eighty-one seconds after Mark Johnson capitalized on an American power play to pull the underdogs even with the Russians at three goals apiece. Moments after coming onto the ice in a shift change, Mark Pavelich found Eruzione undefended in the high slot. As Soviet defenseman Vasili Pervukhin crossed goalie Vladimir Myshkin's field of vision to obstruct the American captain's path to the net, Eruzione made use of the unintentional screen with a low shot that snuck beneath Myshkin's right skate.
"Now we've got bedlam," shouted television commentator Al Michaels when the roar of the Field House finally receded to a level that made speech possible. In less than a minute and a half, the Americans had struck twice, and the Russian veterans were trailing for the first time in the tournament. What would follow was ten of the most frenetic minutes of hockey ever played, the Soviets growing increasingly panicked as the clock ticked down on an unimaginable, and thoroughly unacceptable, result. A shot by Aleksandr Maltsev, who had broken the tie for the Russians with their third goal, glanced off Jim Craig's right post. Coach Brooks resisted the urge to go into a defensive crouch, encouraging his Americans to continue the attack. "Play your game. Play your game," he instructed. At thirty-three seconds to go, Craig kicked away a Petrov slap shot. Kharlamov fired the puck back in as the timer ticked below twenty. A wild scramble, and the Americans cleared the zone.
"Eleven seconds, you've got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles?! Yes!!"
Hobby history was made in 2004 when the bat used by Babe Ruth to hit the first home run at Yankee Stadium realized a price of $1,265,000. While there is admittedly a disparity in the size and strength of the baseball collectibles market in relation to hockey, it would be difficult to defend the position that Ruth's Louisville Slugger carries equivalent historical importance to the Northland stick that makes its auction debut here. Still bearing the Captain's original grip tape at handle and blade, Eruzione's left-handed weapon bears his stamped surname on both sides of the shaft and his faded handwritten lettering stating, "Feb 22 1980 USA 4 Russia 3" and "Winning Goal Stick Against Russia." Solid game use evident. Letter of provenance from Mike Eruzione. LOA from Heritage Auctions.
THE MIKE ERUZIONE 'MIRACLE ON ICE' COLLECTION.
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