Cooperstown might be about to lose a priceless piece of baseball history.* Curt Schilling apparently pledged the famous "bloody sock" he wore during Game Two of the 2004 World Series as collateral when taking out loans for his now-defunct video game company, 38 Studios, the Boston Globe reports, meaning he could now be forced to sell it to pay back the banks.
The sock is currently on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, but Schilling still owns it, and could ask for it back if need be. The Hall won't say whether he has asked for it. Memorabilia specialists think it would fetch about $25,000, though it could go much higher in an auction if the right bidders became involved, one New England dealer says. "It's a one of a kind item."
*Full disclosure, I am a Red Sox fan. Your mileage may vary.