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Sunday, April 29, 2012

N.Y. Times: For Sale Online: Yankees Cap (Used)

Will David Wells sell his “Perfect Club” jacket?

David Wells was in Detroit last Saturday, preparing for a broadcast the next day, when he watched the final inning of Philip Humber’s perfect game on television. As Humber wobbled against the leadoff man in the ninth inning, Wells rooted him on.

“I said a prayer for him when he went to 3-0,” Wells said. “I started yelling at the gods, ‘C’mon, let this guy in!’ ”

Humber, a Chicago White Sox right-hander, survived and joined Wells and 19 others in the exclusive club of perfect-game pitchers. Two of them, Wells and Don Larsen, graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego, where the field now bears Wells’s name.

Wells said he wanted it to “look like a major league field,” and hopes to finance the renovations partly with a portion of the proceeds from a memorabilia auction. ...

Among the Wells items up for auction are a Christy Mathewson autographed ball; Thurman Munson’s game-worn shin guards; an autographed, game-used Phil Rizzuto glove from 1941; a ball autographed by several stars of the Negro leagues, including Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige; and a felt bowler hat worn by Lou Gehrig in 1928.

But the prize is the Ruth cap, which carries a minimum bid of $50,000 and is inscribed on the inside leather band with “G. Ruth” and his size, 7 3/8. When Wells wore it in a game, he gave the heirloom an intriguing modern twist, even if his manager made him remove it after one inning.

“Joe Torre fined me,” Wells said. “He said it wasn’t the required uniform. I said, ‘It’s got an ‘NY’ on it.’ He said, ‘Well, it’s not the ‘NY’ we have.’ I said: ‘You’ve really got to be kidding me. But if you’ve got to fine me, go for it.’ ”

Torre fined Wells $2,500, a pittance compared with the value of the cap, which Wells is about to find out.

 

bobm Posted: April 29, 2012 at 09:20 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: memorabilia, yankees

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   1. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4119725)
But the prize is the Ruth cap, which carries a minimum bid of $50,000 and is inscribed on the inside leather band with “G. Ruth” and his size, 7 3/8. When Wells wore it in a game, he gave the heirloom an intriguing modern twist, even if his manager made him remove it after one inning.


It's stories like this that make me love David Wells.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: April 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM (#4119785)
I hate Wells but it was awesome to wear a Babe Ruth hat in a real game.
   3. phredbird Posted: April 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM (#4119813)
i saw wells pitch once. i was visiting NYC in 2002 and he pitched a july 3 game that a buddy of mine had tix to. it was one of the hottest days ever in NYC. it was over 100 degrees in the stadium, no breeze, humid. it felt like someone had teleported the stadium to louisiana or something. by the fifth inning wells looked like he was going to pass out. he was beet red, sweat was pouring out of him. he just stared open-mouthed in to the catcher like 'okay, just give me a signal, i'll throw whatever you want' ... torre finally came and pulled him out in the sixth. he had a lead and the yanks scored some more, so he got the win but it looked like a miracle that he didn't stroke out.

that's for you, piehole. :)
   4. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 30, 2012 at 01:27 PM (#4119852)
He was one of the fattest, most unathletic looking people ever to play the game, wasn't he? It's great that he wore Ruth's hat, too.

You could assemble a pretty good team of fat, unathletic types, but it gets hard at positions like 2B and SS. Who were the fattest at those positions?
   5. MikeTorrez Posted: April 30, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4119858)
It's one thing to call him fat but to say he was unathletic would be false. He was a great athlete. Buster Olner mentions this in his book about the Yankee Dynasty. Wells was a freak of nature.

Err you said unathletic looking...so you're off the hook.
   6. Bob Evans Posted: April 30, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4119878)
Ronnie Belliard was rather portly for a 2Bman.
   7. The Good Face Posted: April 30, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4119890)
Carlos Baerga at 2B.
   8. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 30, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4119912)
Belliard and Baerga are good. But surely there's got to be a fatter 2B.
   9. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 30, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4119914)
Actually, Belliard really looks the part of the beer league softball team, doesn't he? How about SS? And CF?

Edit: Actually, CF is easy. Puckett.
   10. Randy Jones Posted: April 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM (#4119919)
Edit: Actually, CF is easy. Puckett.


A late model Andruw Jones would work also.
   11. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: April 30, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4119926)
Jhonny "Two-Chins" Peralta?
   12. Nasty Nate Posted: April 30, 2012 at 02:29 PM (#4119931)
Juan Uribe at SS?
   13. The District Attorney Posted: April 30, 2012 at 02:37 PM (#4119939)
Can fat guys who played SS before they were fat count? (Dmitri Young, Kevin Mitchell)

Similarly, Matt Stairs at 2B.
   14. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 30, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4119991)
Can fat guys who played SS before they were fat count?


Hmmmm. Probably not. I want to see real porkers out there. I'm talking not just double chins, but real adipose fat and man boobs. A guy like Prince Fielder at 2nd would do.
   15. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 30, 2012 at 03:26 PM (#4119992)
Juan Uribe at SS?


How fat was he?
   16. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 30, 2012 at 03:26 PM (#4119993)
Jose Offerman?

Juan Uribe played a bunch of SS fairly recently, didn't he? He's a fatty.

EDIT: Didn't realize I had opened this thread that long ago.
   17. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: April 30, 2012 at 03:34 PM (#4119999)
How fat was he?


"He was so fat that everybody liked him, and there was nothing funny about him at all." -Fozzie Bear
   18. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 30, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4120003)
Wokka wokka wokka.
   19. Nasty Nate Posted: April 30, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4120006)
Juan Uribe at SS?



How fat was he?


He ate the on-deck circle donuts
   20. zonk Posted: April 30, 2012 at 03:43 PM (#4120009)
Juan Uribe would be a good one...

Yuniesky is hardly what I'd call svelte...

Rafael Rameriz from the 80s is another SS that I remember getting awfully chunky at times.
   21. Matthew E Posted: April 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4120019)
As a young man Cecil Fielder appeared at both 2B and 3B for Toronto.
   22. Zach Posted: April 30, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4120021)
As a young man Cecil Fielder appeared at both 2B and 3B for Toronto.

At the same time!
   23. Jose Canusee Posted: April 30, 2012 at 07:33 PM (#4120177)
I just hope he didn't get his cap from Barry Halper. I was thinking Jose Uribe rather than Juan for SS.
   24. Leroy Kincaid Posted: April 30, 2012 at 08:22 PM (#4120257)
What about Glenn Hubbard for 2B? Or maybe it was just the beard that made him look like a fat biker.
   25. JoeHova Posted: April 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM (#4120413)
Deivi Cruz was a pretty fat shortstop, as I recall. But that's relative to other shortstops, not to David Wells.
   26. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM (#4120419)
I recall Pujols playing 2B for an inning in Milwaukee one night. Fat? no. Big dude playing 2B, yes.

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