NEW YORK (Reuters) - The jersey worn by the captain of the men’s Olympic hockey team in its “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union in 1980 goes on the auction block on Saturday and is expected to sell for at least $1 million.
A blood-stained baseball sock is also among more than 100 items of sports memorabilia offered up by Heritage Auctions on Saturday night. Bids for the sock worn by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling during the 2004 World Series were expected to top $100,000, the auctioneer said.
The hockey jersey worn by Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 gold medal winning team, was estimated to sell for $1 million or more, according to Heritage Auctions. Eruzione scored the decisive goal in the young U.S. team’s 4-3 victory over the highly experienced Soviet Union team - which had dominated hockey for much of the preceding two decades - in an upset that Sports Illustrated called the top sports moment of the 20th Century.
Eruzione also is putting up for auction nearly two dozen other items connected to the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, including the hockey stick that scored the winning goal and the gloves he was wearing.
“I’m auctioning these pieces off because I want to take care of my family, my charity, and to turn them over to history,” Eruzione said in a statement.
“They hold no nostalgia for me. I went to Lake Placid for one thing: to get a gold medal. I achieved that and it will never leave my possession. If my jersey can end up in a museum, or with a collector, a team or a corporation that will care for it and display it the right way, then I will be happy.”
Eruzione said most of the items had been stored in a hockey bag in his attic in Winthrop, Massachusetts, since the game.
The bloodied sock worn by Schilling during Game Two of the 2004 World Series has been on display in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in that game, despite Schilling’s injured tendon in his right foot, which began to bleed, soaking his sock.
Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Gunna Dickson