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Curt Schilling might be forced to sell his bloody sock from the 2004 ALCS

Kevin Kaduk
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Selling your dirty laundry to help erase a debt? Most of us would only be so lucky.

It's apparently a real option for Curt Schilling, though, as the former Boston Red Sox pitcher could be forced to sell the famous bloody sock that he wore while pitching Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS.

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Previously known for his exploits on the field, Schilling has occupied recent headlines for the failure of his video game business. Schilling said in June that he's "tapped out financially" and that he personally invested $50 million in the company that also received money from Rhode Island taxpayers.

The financial situation could result in Schilling's bloody sock being sold to the highest bidder. The sock became soiled with blood from his injured right ankle as Schilling allowed one run over seven innings in a Red Sox victory that tied the series and forced a Game 7 that Boston would win to complete the most famous comeback in postseason history.

From the Associated Press:

Schilling, whose Providence-based 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy in June, listed the sock as collateral to Bank Rhode Island in a September filing with the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office. The sock is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Schilling also listed a baseball hat believed to have been worn by New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig and his collection of World War II memorabilia, including some the filing said is being held at the National World War II Museum.

So assuming that a monied Red Sox fan is actually interested in acquiring this unique piece, how much could Schilling expect to receive? An ESPN reporter says Schilling has considered selling the sock in the past and that he was told it could fetch anywhere from $600,000 to over $1 million.

Those estimates, however, were made before both the economy and the Red Sox collapsed, so who knows what the market looks like now?

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Plus,  even if Schilling gets someone to pay seven figures for his hosiery, it sounds like it'd only be a drop in the bucket compared to the fortune he's already lost.

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