A lifetime of memories from the last MLB player to bat .400 in a single season will soon hit the auction block.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams passed away almost 10 years ago, and now his daughter Claudia Williams is planning to auction off her father's memorabilia at a special Fenway Park event in late April.
Hunt Auctions, which will oversee the event, says the 1949 AL MVP award is projected to bring in the most money. Between $150,000 to $250,000, according to the New York Times. A silver bat for winning the 1957 A.L. batting title is expected to get as much as $200,000, while a personalized autographed baseball from Babe Ruth to Ted Williams is expected to bring in even more.
David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, says Claudia only decided to sell her dad's mementos in the past year.
"This didn't happen in a haphazard fashion," he told the N.Y. Times.
Williams owns the highest career batting average among members of the 500 home run club. During his 21 seasons in Boston, Teddy Ballgame made a staggering 19 All-Star teams. He won the Triple Crown in 1942 and 1947, but wasn't voted MVP in either of those seasons. After his playing days were over, Williams managed the Washington Senators/ Texas Rangers franchise from 1969-1972.
Unfortunately for jokesters, nothing will be auctioned off that relates to Williams' body being placed in liquid nitrogen at minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit at a lab in Arizona.
Among the other Splendid Splinter items that will go to the highest bidder:
• Two sets of aviator flight log books from Williams' time in the Marines during World War II and the Korean War.
• Letter from Bob Feller to Williams in 1952 on his recall to serve as fighter pilot in Korea.
• President Richard M. Nixon autographed letters and books.
• Unused ticket for Game 7 of 1975 World Series (face value $12.50).
• $10,000 life insurance policy from 1942 that listed his mom as his beneficiary.
• 1962 license to carry firearms in Massachusetts.
• Lifetime pass to Cooperstown's National Baseball Hall of Fame.
• Wardrobes from Williams: sports jackets, a Hawaiian shirt, fishing vests, a camouflage hunting suit and a bolo tie with an embossed leaping fish.
• Checkbooks, fishing rods, hunting guns and sporting cutlery.
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