2016-08-31 / Front Page

Piazza Jersey Headed For Display At 9/11 Museum

By Liz Goff
The Mets jersey worn by Mike Piazza in the first professional baseball game in New York after the September 11 attacks will be displayed at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum later this year.

The jersey will not make it back to New York City in time to be on display on September 11, when families, police, firefighters and officials gather at the footprints of the Twin Towers to remember the victims and mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed thousands of people on September 11, 2001 - including 343 FDNY firefighters.

The Mets sold the jersey and other jerseys from the September 21, 2001 game to a private collector who sold it at auction earlier this year. Anthony Scaramucci, founder of Sky Bridge Capital, purchased the jersey with two other investors for $365,000 in April.

Scaramucci said last week on Twitter that the jersey would soon be on display at the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, with an attached a photo of the jersey in a glass case under a plaque that reads, “Baseball After 9/11.”

A spokesperson said the 9/11 Museum would announce when the jersey would be on display.

Scaramucci, who was at the September 21, 2001 game, said he and his group purchased the jersey because they want to keep it in New York.  Scaramucci has a small ownership investment in the Mets.

Piazza wore the jersey when he hit a game winning home run in the sports event that brought baseball back to New Yorkers after the 9/11 attacks. “The crack of a bat and the flight of a baseball at that game brought a moment of excitement to a city in mourning,” a spokesperson for Major League Baseball said.

The jersey will be displayed on a rotating basis at the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York, at Citi Field and at the 9/11 Museum.

 

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