Bartman turns down $25,000 offer to sign photo of infamous play

Updated: July 24, 2008, 1:05 PM ET
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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Steve Bartman has refused yet another offer to cash in on the moment he became the most famous -- or infamous -- Chicago Cubs fan in history.

Bartman friend Frank Murtha says that Bartman won't accept an offer of $25,000. For the money, all Bartman would have to do is attend the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont and autograph a photograph of himself tipping a foul ball that seemed destined for Cubs outfielder Moises Alou's glove during a 2003 playoff game with the Florida Marlins.

Bartman was vilified by Cubs fans, who thought that he helped prevent the team from reaching the World Series. Alou has made conflicting statements on whether he would have caught the ball.

Bartman has declined all offers to make appearances or money off his brush with fame.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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