LAGUNA NIGUEL -- The bat Kirk Gibson hit his iconic home run with in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series was sold for $575,912 at an auction that wrapped up early Sunday.
Gibson's jersey from the same game went for $303,277.
"We are again impressed with the overall interest in sports memorabilia, said David Kohler, President of SCP Auctions. From the iconic Wagner card to Babe Ruths personal humidor and items from Gibsons miracle moment, we continue to see a strong demand for sports collectibles.
The auction also including Gibson's 1988 World Series batting helmet ($153,388.80), NL Most Valuable Player Award ($110,293.20), World Series trophy ($45,578.40) and World Series road uniform ($9,664.80).
Proceeds from the sale of the World Series trophy and MVP award will benefit the Kirk Gibson Foundation. It supports Michigan State University athletics and funds scholarship programs at two Michigan high schools where Gibson's parents taught.
Gibson, 53, who now manages the Arizona Diamondbacks, hasn't said what he will do with the rest of the money raised.
Gibson hit his famous home run on October 15, 1988 against future Oakland Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley. Gibson was put in the game as a pinch hitter, and it was his only World Series plate appearance.
An ailing Gibson smacked the ball over the right-field fence, then famously pumped his fist as he ran around the bases.
The Dodgers won the game, 54, and would go on to win the World Series, 41.
Some other items sold at the auction included: the bat Babe Ruth used to hit his 702nd career home run ($137,865), Ruth's personal cigar humidor ($41,434), a Ty Cobb game-used bat ($75,330), a Mickey Mantle game-worn road jersey ($62,256) and a Pete Rose game-used corked bat ($10,632).
Iconic Kirk Gibson Home Run Bat Sold for $576,000
Famous bat used to hit home run for Dodgers in 1988 World Series
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