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Flood gave his 1968 World Series cap to his cousin.

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Curt Flood’s Cap

The scene: the 7th and deciding game of the 1968 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. The Cardinals, the defending champions, were leading in the Series three games to one, due to the devastating pitching of their ace, Bob Gibson, who struck out 17 Tigers in Game 1.

However, the Tigers came back, riding, not on the back of their ace, the winner of 31 games, Denny McLain, but, instead, on lefthander Mickey Lolich. Game 7 was a battle between Gibson and Lolich (both had already won two games in the Series).

With two out in the Detroit seventh, Norm Cash and Horton both singled. Jim Northrup then hit a long drive to center field, where the seven-time Gold Glove winning Curt Flood misjudged the ball, and it went over his head, scoring what would be the winning runs of the Series.

This cap was worn by Flood when the ball sailed over him. He signed it under the brim, above his number, 21.

Curt Flood

Related links:

See Northrup’s jersey from the 1968 World Series and the video of Flood’s misplay.

See the cap that Jose Canseco wore in 1993 when a ball famously bounced off of his head and over the fence for a home run.