Curt Schilling was one heck of a pitcher. The former Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox hurler won the World Series in 2001, 2004 and 2007 before retiring five years ago.
But he’s a somewhat less successful video game entrepreneur.
In 2006, Schilling helped found 38 Studios, a video game company originally based in Massachusetts. The firm later moved to Rhode Island to secure a $75 million loan and subsequently released Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, an action-role playing game similar to Fable.
The game was generally well-reviewed but came out at a bad time: just months after the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a major hit (and in my opinion, the best role-playing game of our generation). Skyrim simply left Amalur in the dust.
By May 2012, 38 Studios was in trouble. The company declared bankruptcy and failed to repay the state of Rhode Island for its massive loan.
Schilling hardly escaped the mess without racking up his own share of the debt — in fact, it’s estimated he invested (and lost) $50 million in 38 Studios.
Now, to help pay the bills, the former MLB pitcher is auctioning off a famous piece of memorabilia: the bloody sock he wore in the 2004 American League Championship Series.
For those who don’t remember, Schilling suffered an ankle injury during game 6. However, he refused to leave the game and eventually secured a much-needed victory against the rival New York Yankees.
In a recent interview, Schilling had this to say of selling the sock: “I have debt. I have obligations. I put my name to it.”