One of the most famous pieces of footwear in baseball history found a new home on Saturday night, when Curt Schilling's bloody sock from Game 2 of the 2004 World Series fetched $92,613 at a live auction in New York, according to the Associated Press.
That total fell short of the $100,000-plus that Texas-based Heritage Auctions anticipated, but capped a steep rise in price since the bidding began at $25,000 on Monday.
The bloody sock is one of two the Red Sox right-hander wore during Boston's run to the championship that ended its 86-year drought. Schilling played a significant role as he pitched through a damaged tendon in his ankle that required suturing and caused the bleeding.
Schilling stained one sock in beating the Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series in New York, then another in beating the Cardinals in Game 2 of the Fall Classic at Fenway Park. In that contest, he held St. Louis to an unearned run on four hits in six innings of a 3-1 victory.
While the sock from the first game apparently was discarded at Yankee Stadium, Schilling loaned the second to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum. He recently decided to sell it after 38 Studios, his Rhode-Island based video game company, went bankrupt.
Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com.