Richman Forever Connected To Great Collectible

When you hear or read obituaries of Arthur Richman, who died yesterday at the age of 83, you'll hear about his time with the Mets and the Yankees, doing public relations and serving as a senior adviser to George Steinbrenner.

What you won't hear much about is how Richman was the guy who got the Bill Buckner ball after Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

As the story goes, when the ball went through Buckner's legs and went into right field, it was picked up by umpire Ed Montague. Montague put an "x" on the ball to distinguish it and, after the game, gave the ball to Richman.

After the game, Wilson signed the ball: "To Arthur, the ball won it for us."

When Richman went to sell the ball at auction six years later, he wrote this letter.


The ball was projected to sell around $10,000, but instead it sold for $93,500 to Charlie Sheen of all people.

Richman's response to the price Sheen paid at the time, according to the New York Daily News, was a classic.

"Why would anybody pay that kind of money to get a ball? Especially a ball that says, 'To Arthur.'"

Eight years later, it was sold to songwriter Seth Swirsky for $63,500. Swirsky, who still has it today, has a page on his Web site about the ball.

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