Georgia Tech is going to end up with a ball believed to be from its 1916 win over Cumberland.
The game with a final score of 222-0 is the biggest blowout in college football history. The ball, with the final score inscripted on it, was up for auction and Ryan Schneider, a patent attorney and Georgia Tech alum won the ball over the weekend with a winning bid of $40,388.
He's giving it back to the school.
“It’s not mine,” Schneider told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s for the school.”
Georgia Tech wanted the ball to begin with. But as the bidding on the item increased, Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski held off, not wanting to use athletic department funds.
“That’s really the outcome we were hoping for all along,” Bobinski told the AJC.
The coach of the 1916 Georgia Tech team was John Heisman, the man who the Heisman Trophy is named for.
Schneider has been a season ticket holder for almost 25 years and said he only vaguely mentioned his desire for the ball to his kids before he found out he was the winning bidder Sunday morning.
The ball had been in a box ever since a Los Angeles sports museum had moved in the 1980s. It only came out of storage for the auction, which benefitted the LA84 Foundation, a non-profit for youth sports in the Los Angeles area. The foundation had inherited the ball from the museum, which was founded in the 1930s.
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