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When life hands you juiced-up lemons...

I'm no sports fan, but even I have come to admire Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. Apart from his achievements on the mound, he's quite a hell of a guy off the field.

A bit over a year ago, an anonymous Boston-area benefactor personally "adopted" a family of nine Katrina victims. They were flown up and put up in a hotel, all expenses paid for by their benefactor. It was later revealed that it was Schilling and his wife, who were a bit put out that their anonymity had been violated.

Schilling is also a big fund-raiser for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. He has his own charity -- Curt's Pitch For ALS -- that's raised a LOT of money for the cause.

Last year, Schilling was subpoenaed to testify before Congress about the use -- rather, abuse -- of steroids and other drugs in baseball. Schilling had been a very vocal opponent of them, and Congress wanted to hear from someone who had, apparently, seen it up close.

After his testimony, Schilling had another idea for raising money for ALS. He took his official Congressional subpoena -- which bore his signature acknowledging that he had been served -- and put it up for auction. It went for over $2,000.

Well, the buyer has decided to put it up for sale again. This time, the proceeds won't go to charity, but where else can you find a single piece of memorabilia that is historically significant in both the worlds of sports and politics?

Comments (7)

Jesse Owens' Olympic Gold M... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Jesse Owens' Olympic Gold Medal at the 1936 Berlin Games?

Actually, Owens' FOUR Gold ... (Below threshold)

Actually, Owens' FOUR Gold Medals from '36. And those are significant enough that they should be in the Smithsonian.

Time for some sports geekdo... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Time for some sports geekdom. I'll add these:

Smith and Carlos's civil rights "protest" at 1968 Mexico Olympic Games.

Our 1980 boycott of the Moscow Games. (I believe you can find some USA memorabilia that dons the Moscow mascot.)

Jackie Robinson.

Curt Flood for refusing to accept a trade. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court. He lost, but paved the way for free agency in sports.

Black Sox Scandal of 1918. The ruling led to the appointment of Kenesaw Mountain Landis, a federal judge, as the Commissioner of Baseball.

Alan Shepard's 6-iron from ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Alan Shepard's 6-iron from his golf shots on the moon. (The race to the moon was considered a part of the Cold War.)

Actually, Schilling was als... (Below threshold)

Actually, Schilling was also just on Celebrity Jeopardy a while back, and managed to pull in $25k for that charity and I believe one other. He got his butt kicked, but it was really cool to see him on the show.

Do you ever remember HOWARD... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Do you ever remember HOWARD COSELL and how about that hunting program AMERICAN SPORTSMAN?

Curt and Shonda are great p... (Below threshold)

Curt and Shonda are great people.






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