Reggie Jackson selling 'Yankee Stadium' letters from old stadium
For New York Yankees fans that want to still cling to some of the history from the old Yankee Stadium, Reggie Jackson is here to help you out—for a price.
According to the Associated Press, Mr. October is selling the 10-foot tall lettering that spelled out "Yankee Stadium" on The House that Ruth Built, or, more accurately, The House that George Steinbrenner Renovated
The letters will be up for bid at a Sotheby's auction.
The original Yankee Stadium was erected in 1923, but the lettering was added as part of the massive renovation that was completed in 1976, the year Jackson arrived in New York. One year later, Jackson belted three home runs in a single World Series game at the stadium.
Jackson purchased the letters after the stadium was closed in 2008.
"There were a few items I wanted to purchase before the old Yankee Stadium was torn down, including my old locker and a section of the black bleachers off of centerfield," he told the AP. "But I kept thinking about the stadium lettering, and if there was any way for me to own it. I ended up making an offer and was thrilled when it was accepted. It's been a privilege to own such a recognizable piece of baseball history."
While the famous auction house would not disclose how much Jackson paid for the letters, they have estimated that they will sell for anywhere between $300,000 and $600,000.
- Jack Jorgensen