Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary – Vinci, makers of baseball gloves and equipment, will be auctioning an exclusive Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary baseball glove. The auction will begin on December 7, 2011. The profits (100%) from the auction will go to the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter.
The Pearl Harbor JSJS model glove is red, white and blue with the Pearl Harbor date and American flag embroidered on it. The commemorative glove is in tribute to Benjamin Vinci, who was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack that led to America’s entry into World War 2.
“We thought auctioning this glove would be a fitting tribute to our veterans,” says Pete Vinci, owner of Vinci and son of Benjamin Vinci. “The glove is dedicated to all the men and women who were affected by the events of December 7,1941.”
Benjamin Vinci was only days away from receiving a promotion up to a Sergeant rank when the Japanese planes plunged through the skies above, with their bullets ripping through the troops on the ground. While running back to his post, the young soldier was struck in the right side by a bullet from the Japanese warplane flying above him. Benjamin didn’t even realize he had been shot until he reached his post. Despite his injuries, he continued to shoot at the enemy.
Doctors performed surgery to remove the bullet. However, they were unable to get it out. The bullet remained lodged in Benjamin’s body for the rest of his life. It was a constant reminder that over twenty three hundred lives were lost on December 7, 1941. He was one of the “lucky ones” who was wounded, yet still lived to tell the story.
Benjamin passed away February 13, 2002 from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Benjamin Vinci’s signature is on every Vinci glove.
The attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, took place on December 7th, 1941. The attack was called a “day of infamy” by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was the event that brought the United States of America into World War Two.