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Whitey Ford memorabilia up for sale

Jan. 29, 2008 at 2:43 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Baseball fans with thousands of dollars to spend can bid for a piece of pitcher Whitey Ford's memorabilia this summer in New York.

One hundred items from Ford's personal collection of baseball memorabilia are among the souvenirs up for sale, the New York Post reported. The auction, scheduled for July 14 and July 15 at the Javits Center, is being held in tandem with the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.

Ford's memorabilia is a major part of the auction. The 650 items being sold include the warm-up jacket Lou Gehrig wore in his last season with the Yankees, a cap worn by Babe Ruth and a bat used by Jackie Robinson after he broke the Major League color line.

Ford said it was time to clean house. "The house is getting too full -- it's starting to look sloppy," he said.

Part of the money will be used to pay tuition for the four children Ford still has in college and the rest goes to the Whitey Ford Children's Foundation.

Ford, who won a record 10 World Series games with the Yankees, said he is still undecided about auctioning one of his championship rings.

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