Friday, February 03, 2006

AP: Rizzuto Selling Much of His Memorabilia

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK - Holy Cow! Phil Rizzuto is selling much of his memorabilia. Hey, you huckleberries, the Scooter even brought some of the stuff along to a Thursday news conference to announce the auction, which will take place this summer. Among the items are several World Series rings, a Christmas card from Mickey Mantle and a 56-year-old Yankees cap that is worn, dusty and has a piece of gum still stuck to the top.

Looking elegant but slightly frail, the 88-year-old former shortstop and broadcaster used the phrases that became his trademark during a 40-year broadcasting career with the New York Yankees that ended in 1996. Rizzuto is downsizing in preparation for a move from the family's longtime house in Hillside, N.J., to a smaller home, and is selling the goods through Geppi's Memorabilia Road Show.

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