Third Base From The Final Game At Crosley Field with Airtight Provenance
From the very last game at Crosley Field comes this third-base bag, which is well-worn and boasts splendid use with plenty of spike marks and dirt on the top. The underside features a Cincinnati Reds Inc. metal identification tag and the top is also signed by then-NL President Warren Giles and dated June 24, 1970. The Reds closed down the 58-year-old ballyard in dramatic fashion, having trailed Juan Marichal and the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth when Johnny Bench slugged a tying home run and Lee May followed with the go-ahead shot that led to a 5-4 victory. After a brief road trip to Houston, the Reds returned to town and played in a new home - Riverfront Stadium... an odd changeover in the middle of a season. Included in this lot is a letter from the original owner who won it in a drawing at the game and was presented the base right after the final out. It also comes with a supporting news article from the following day which lists the name of the lucky winner of the base and describes the drawing.
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