David Pesky, who has no children to pass things down to, speaks of his father with affection. Auction boss Dave Hunt of Hunt Auctions in Exton, Pa., added that he’s never heard a negative word from anyone about the late Red Sox hero.
Baseball auctions can be highly profitable, said Hunt, who’s been in the business more than 20 years. He’s handled the diamond treasures of people like Joe DiMaggio, Roy Campanella, Whitey Ford, Thurmond Munson, Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and, for variety’s sake, football great Johnny Unitas.
Last year, he auctioned off the memorabilia of Teddy Ballgame himself. Some cities value their ballplayers more than others, and Boston is certainly one of the prime locations for such sales, along with New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, he said. That bodes well for the Pesky event. People like Johnny Pesky are unique in the history of the Red Sox franchise, Hunt said.
The Williams auction fetched roughly $5 million.
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