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|BILL VEECK'S LEG|
"Ripley's Believe It Or Not" wanted to display Bill Veeck's wooden leg in its museum, but Bob Colleary had another idea on how to pay tribute to Veeck, the marketing genuis turned baseball team owner.
Colleary, a television writer, paid $8,500 to outbid Ripley's in an auction for Veeck's wooden leg, then made it the centerpiece for a fantasy baseball league called, appropriately enough, "Bill Veeck's Leg."
When it isn't leaning against the wall in Colleary's living room, it is used to draw lots to determine the order of each year's draft. Come season's end, Colleary said, the winner is given the trophy to show off to friends and family, a la a Stanley Cup champion.
"Bill Veeck was a legend," Colleary said. "But this isn't sacrilegious or ghoulish because he was sort of in on the joke."
Veeck's right leg was amputated in November 1946 after it was injured while he was in the Marines.
Attached to the leg, Colleary said, is a note from Veeck that talks about how much mileage he got out of the piece of wood.
In the showmanship spirit of Veeck, Colleary and his buddies lugged the trophy with them to Las Vegas , where they held their draft.
"Even in Las Vegas, people just aren't use to seeing someone carrying a wooden leg," Colleary said.
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