CHICAGO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The baseball Chicago Cubs fans will remember and hate for a long time is going to the memorabilia auction block, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.
The ball's infamy began in Game Six of the National League Championships when a foul ball that possibly could have been caught by outfielder Moises Alou was diverted by fan Steve Bartman. It ricocheted off Bartman's hand into the hands of an attorney sitting behind Bartman, who doesn't want his name released.
The Cubs lost the game, and then the series, leaving a half-century-old curse intact.
While Bartman was vilified and even received death threats, the attorney hopes to make some serious money from the ball, to be auctioned online by MastroNet Inc., one of the country's largest sports memorabilia auction houses.
Brian Marren, vice president of the company, said the bidding will open at $5,000, but added the quirky history of the ball could see it fetch a lot more.
Some 2,000 items will be included in the auction, which will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 19.