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Curt Schilling’s bloody sock goes for $92,613 at auction

Feb 23, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

blood sock ap AP

From the Associated Press, via

NEW YORK (AP) – A bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling while pitching for the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals was sold for $92,613 at a live auction on Saturday night at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion.

Schilling had loaned his sock to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum but when his Rhode Island-based video game company “38 Studios” went bankrupt, he decided to sell the sock that was bloodied as he pitched on an injured ankle.

Bidding began at $25,000 on Monday.

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell calls the final $92,613 bid a “disappointment” and suspects that the “decline of Schilling’s business and his name associated with it had a lot to do with the low price.”

This sock is not the famous one he wore during Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees. Rather, it’s the one he wore in Game 2 of the World Series against the Cardinals. So that may have factored into the lack of mystique. Schilling says he threw that Game 6 bloody sock into the trash at Yankee Stadium.

He probably never envisioned having such massive money problems.

  1. badintent - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Hope a Yankee fan bought it

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      wtf is wrong with you, if you like the Yankees and the way it
      sounds coming from your mouth just join us.

  2. baseballisboring - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    How boring is your life that you would pay $92,000 for a sock…

    • sophiethegreatdane - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Seriously. I try not to lay my values upon others, but this is absurd. If you are wealthy enough to pay nearly 100k for a sock, and you decided you simply had have to have a meaningless bloody rag, AND you could find no other use for that 100k to better the world, then you simply do not deserve the wealth bestowed upon you.

      • ptfu - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:01 AM

        I’m glad you’re trying not to lay your values upon others. It takes a lot of practice, keep it up.

        Not all wealth is bestowed upon the wealthy. Some of them earned what they have. In any case, how they spend it has no bearing on whether they deserve to have it. Put another way: let me know when you strike it rich, so I can instruct you how you should and should not spend your fortune. If you buy anything nice for yourself, then you don’t deserve your money.

        Obviously the sock isn’t meaningless to someone. That postseason meant an awful lot to more than a few people. Maybe the sock is sentimental, or a status symbol, or even a financial investment for the future. Maybe it’s just a fool being easily parted from his money.

        Spending that much on a sock may look pretty silly to you and I. But people spend absurd sums of money on art, stamps, butterfly collections, baseball cards, cars, homes, and dog knows what. The sock isn’t any different. There’s no accounting for taste.

        Also, what looks like a lot of money to you and I is chump change to others. If someone like the 252 Million Dollar Man bought the sock, it would be like a $100,000 person buying a combo meal at McDonald’s. It’s just not significant to their net worth or what they give to charity. They’ll give whatever they give regardless of the sock.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        I’d be willing to bet that if you stole $100K from Schilling he would not consider it chump change.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    What a waste of money.

  4. joerymi - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Look at that, only owes Rhode Island $74,907,387 more.

    • number42is1 - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Don’t forget all the homes and families he destroyed

      • joerymi - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Lets not get too crazy. Schilling is a hypocrtie, but the state of Rhode Island is the worst in this whole thing. Crony capitalism at its worst. Private investors turned him down because they knew it was foulhardy to give a former pro player nearly 100 million to play with in a business he knew nothing about.

  5. meepein - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Uh, I think you got the wrong game there. The Red Sox lost game 2 of the ALCS, but this sock was from game 2 of the World Series. And, since the Sox swept my Cards that year, that means this overpriced soiled foot covering was from a win.

  6. pisano - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    What a effing con, it just goes to show there’s a sucker born everyday, I’ll bet the buyer also believes in the tooth fairy.

  7. gammagammahey - Feb 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Too bad for Schilling that he only got one start in that World Series. Maybe he’ll just start selling bloody socks that he “wore” while sitting in the dugout for the other games of that series.

  8. mudhead123 - Feb 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    100k for a ketchup infested sock

  9. dowhatifeellike - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    This is why people hate America.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      “This is why people hate America.”

      Yep. Cause’ this sort of thing doesn’t happen anywhere else.

  10. dawgpoundmember - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Thanks Drew, call me stupid or just that ready for baseball but I missed when you said it wasn’t the sock from game 6 of the 2004 ALCS I had to watch Four days in October. Then I read the article again. Can I just watch opening day yet?

  11. mianfr - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Whatever helps Rhode Island be a little less broke…

  12. jssgriffi - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    People need to get a life

  13. stairwayto7 - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Do DNA to see if it was his blood!

  14. tfbuckfutter - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I think we all need to pause for a moment and consider the very real possibility that an evil doer purchased this sock with the intention of using the blood to clone an army of super jerks.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      I love that, but the mental image that immediately springs to mind is a herd of Dollys bleating “Fuck you.”

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        I was picturing Danny DeVito as The Penguin.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Batman/Babe, pohtayto/pohtahto

  15. officialgame - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Curt was always a drama queen so maybe some rival fan bought it to do a DNA test. It would be funny if the blood turned out to be ketchup.

  16. runteddyrun - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM


  17. lostsok - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    There’s a great SyFy channel movie in this. A bunch of cloned Curt Schilling zombies invade Yankee Stadium and the only thing that can save mankind is David Wells, now working as a security guard who obsessively watched over Babe Ruth’s plaque.

    Seriously, it almost writes itself.

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