Curt Schilling selling famed bloody sock due to financial issues
After Curt Schilling’s video game company 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy late last year, the former Red Sox pitcher is now selling his bloody sock in which he wore during the 2004 World Series.
There are two bloody socks Red Sox fans are familiar with — one worn during Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS at Yankee Stadium and the other in the World Series that same year, where the Red Sox won their first title in 96 years.
Schilling was battling an ankle injury, and received a shot in the ankle before each game, thus causing the blood to appear on his sock.
The ALCS sock was reportedly thrown out in the trash in the visitor’s clubhouse at Yankee Stadium following the game.
Heritage Auctions will be the company heading the auction, which is set to begin online Feb. 4 with live bidding taking place on Feb. 23 at the company’s house in New York. The sock was at the Baseball Hall of Fame until just a few weeks ago before it was transported to Heritage headquarters in Texas.
Heritage Auctions’ director of sports, Chris Ivy tells the Associated Press the sock will go for at least $100,000, which will certainly help Schilling and his financial situation.
Back in June of last year, appearing on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show, Schilling said he invested “just north of $50 million” of his own money and lost it all. “I’m tapped out,” he said on the show.
In the same appearance he discussed what he told his family about his financial situation at 38 studios. He told his family, “38 Studios was probably going to fail and go bankrupt, and that the money that I had earned and saved during baseball was probably all gone. And that it was my fault. … This was my decision to do this, and I failed. And life would probably start to change and be very different for us.”
Schilling currently makes regular appearances on ESPN for Baseball Tonight as an in-studio analyst.