Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Maz Jersey Buyer Is Part Owner of Steelers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Maz Jersey Buyer Is Part Owner of Steelers

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When Bill Mazeroski decided to auction his memorabilia from the 1960 World Series, the two most valuable items passed from one member of the Pittsburgh sports scene to another.

Thomas Tull, a Hollywood movie producer and part of the Steelers' ownership group, purchased Mr. Mazeroski's jersey and bat from Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Mr. Mazeroski wore the jersey and used the bat when he hit a ninth-inning walk-off home run at Forbes Field, giving the Pirates a victory against the New York Yankees and a World Series championship.

"If you're a collector, this type of thing happens from time to time," Mr. Tull said Monday. "I think that it's one of the most important moments in baseball history. When something like that becomes available, it's rare, and so I was a little bit surprised."

Mr. Tull bought the jersey for $632,500 and the bat for $322,000 on Saturday through Hunt Auctions at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. The buyer was identified then only as someone with strong ties to Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette learned of the identity of the buyer through a source. A spokesman for Mr. Tull confirmed that he purchased the items.

The jersey and bat joined Mr. Tull's extensive memorabilia collection. He said he will likely make them available to be displayed in public in Pittsburgh at some point.

"I love the city of Pittsburgh," Mr. Tull said. "I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Bill Mazeroski, but everybody tells me what a class act he is."

Mr. Mazeroksi auctioned more than 200 items, which netted about $1.7 million. In addition to the jersey and bat, the cleats he wore when he rounded the bases after his walk-off home run were auctioned as were his Gold Glove awards and a Babe Ruth award.

Mr. Mazeroski, 77, played for the Pirates for 17 seasons from 1956-72 and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2001. …

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