Harry Caray’s CEO Buys Andrew Shaw’s Stanley Cup Stitches
CHICAGO (CBS) — The stitches used to patch an ugly gash in Andrew Shaw’s face the night the Blackhawks clinched the 2013 Stanley Cup have netted $6,500 at auction, with the money going to charity.
Grant DePorter, the CEO of Harry Caray’s Restaurants, placed the winning bid on eBay before the auction closed Sunday night. Proceeds will go to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.
DePorter said the stitches will go on display at the Harry Caray’s at Navy Pier.
Shaw took a puck to the right cheek during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. Shaw had the gash stitched up and returned to the ice in time for the team’s thrilling rally. The Blackhawks scored two goals in 17 seconds in the final minutes of the game to win the Stanley Cup.
DePorter is no stranger to famous Chicago sports memorabilia.
He paid $114,000 for the infamous “Bartman Ball” – the baseball Cubs fan Steve Bartman tried to catch in the 2003 National League Championship Series, deflecting it away from outfielder Moises Alou.
He blew up the Bartman Ball on live television, in a stunt designed to put an end to the so-called Curse of the Billy Goat that was supposedly placed on the Cubs in 1945, when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game against the Tigers, because his pet goat was bothering other fans.