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Bobby Thomson’s ‘Shot Heard Round The World’ cleats, Ted Williams jersey lead All-Star Live Auction

The cleats Bobby Thomson wore when he hit the famous 'Shot Heard Round The World' home run to send the New York Giants to the 1951 World Series were auctioned off in the All-Star Live Auction by Hunt Auctions.

The cleats Bobby Thomson wore when he hit the “Shot Heard Round The World” home run in 1951 and a Ted Williams home jersey were the highlights of Hunt Auctions’ All-Star Live Auction at Capital One PLAY BALL PARK in Los Angeles.

The 18th annual live auction surrounding the MLB All-Star Game allowed collectors to bid on hundreds of historic baseball artifacts, including a Ted Williams Boston Red Sox home jersey, which topped the auction at $258,000.

The auction also featured several historic archives from the New York and San Francisco Giants from the Stoneham Family Collection. Charles and Horace Stoneham owned the Giants, which appeared in six World Series from 1921 through 1962 and won the 1954 World Series. Charles Stoneham purchased the team in 1919 and moved it to San Francisco in 1958.

Thomson famously hit the game-winning home run in the 1951 National League Championship Series to send the New York Giants to the World Series.

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“With the Midsummer Classic returning to the city of Los Angeles we were thrilled to present the 18th annual installment of our All-Star Live Auction event,” Hunt Auctions President David Hunt said. “Each year, the Midsummer Classic and MLB All-Star Week brings the very best of baseball to cities and fans across the country. Similarly, the annual live auction showcased the very finest historic baseball memorabilia, which this year was highlighted by the Charles and Horace Stoneham Collection. The significance of the collection was clearly reflected in the bidding leading to outstanding pricing overall.”

Among the highlights from the Stoneham Family Collection were:

• Bobby Thomson’s professional model cleats attributed to the 1951 “Shot Heard Round The World Home Run” for $82,500.

Bobby Thomson spikes from the 1951 World Series.

Bobby Thomson spikes from the 1951 World Series.

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• A 1972 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants professional model home uniform for $188,000.

1972 Willie Mays home jersey.

1972 Willie Mays home jersey.

• A 1972 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants professional model road uniform for $99,875.

• A 1891 Tim Keefe and John Ward autographed New York Giants stock certificate for $58,750.

New York Giants stock certificates and other archives from the Stoneham Family Collection.

New York Giants stock certificates and other archives from the Stoneham Family Collection.

• A 1891 Buck Ewing autographed New York Giants stock certificate for $41,125.

“We are extremely proud of the legacy that Charles and Horace Stoneham left within the game of baseball,” said Peter Rupert, great-grandson/grandson of Charles and Horace Stoneham. “Their decades of service to the Giants franchise stand as a testament to the countless players, coaches, front office staff and fans who contributed to those legendary seasons ranging from the 1920-60s.

“To have our family name associated with the likes of John McGraw, Wilbert Robinson, John Ward, Tim Keefe, Bobby Thomson and Willie Mays is both humbling and a specific point of immense pride. We have been blessed to grow up within the family that is baseball and are very pleased to have been able to share some of our memorabilia with the public and fans of the Giants’ franchise.”

The 475-lot auction also featured many notable pieces from private collections, including:

• A Ted Williams Boston Red Sox professional model home jersey c.1950s for $258,500.

Ted Williams Boston Red Sox jersey.

Ted Williams Boston Red Sox jersey.

• A 1948 Ted Williams professional model baseball bat (PSA/DNA GU9) for $55,812.

Ted Williams game-used bat from his fourth batting title in 1948.

Ted Williams game-used bat from his fourth batting title in 1948.

• A 1959 Pee Wee Reese Los Angeles Dodgers World Series ring for $52,875.

• A 1955 Joe Black Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring for $64,625.

• A 1964 Roberto Clemente professional model baseball bat (PSA/DNA GU10) for $52,875.

• A 1955 Topps Jackie Robinson autographed card (PSA/DNA 8 NM-MT) for $29,375.

• A 1919 Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox photograph (PSA/DNA Type I) for $35,520.

Hunt Auctions is currently accepting consignments for its 19th annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Live Auction in November 2022. For consignments or more information, contact Hunt Auctions at consignments@huntauctions.com or call 610-524-0822. 

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