Sunday, November 18, 2012

Document banning Pete Rose from baseball fails to sell at auction


The document with which banished Pete Rose from baseball was up for auction on Saturday. However, the five-page copy failed to meet its reserve price, which has not been revealed.

In the agreement, inked on Aug. 23, 1989, Rose does not admit to gambling on baseball specifically, but it does make him ineligible to get a job in Major League Baseball and for the Hall of Fame.

The document was signed by then commissioner A. Bart Giamatti, deputy commissioner Fay Vincent, and "Peter Edward Rose". The document apparently received bids up to $235,000 yet it wasn't enough for Goldin Auctions to part ways with it.

Other items in the auction that did sell included an expired American Express card signed by Michael Jordan on the back ($3,146), a 1995-96 Michael Jordan game-used jersey ($22,413), a game-used Roger Staubach jersey from the 1977-78 season ($14,271), Rickey Henderson's copy of his 1993 World Series trophy ($9,434), and a bat used and signed by Derek Jeter in 2009 ($8,982).

Via ESPN.

Here's a PDF file of the aforementioned document.

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