The famed 91-year old history maker of the St. Louis Browns has been hospitalized. His classy sons have been sending back personal notes telling that their dad is too ill to sign autographs.
Please, take Mr. Garver off your “to do” list. He may have signed his last autograph.
If you do want to write, simply send a note of thanks. For decades, Ned and his family have been devoted to collectors, fans and students of baseball history. Now is the time to show that their efforts have mattered.
My only 2017 resolution for me, hobby-wise?
One day at a time.
One guy at a time.
One letter at a time.
I wrote about artist Mike “Gummy Arts” Noren in August. On Twitter last week, Mike announced that he created more than 400 artworks in 2017.
Be like Mike. Try. Try every day. Baseball loves streaks.
If there was an autograph Hall of Fame, Dave “Boo” Ferriss would be enshrined.
When he died on Thanksgiving at age 94, collectors lost a friend. The former Red Sox pitcher signed 227 out of 228 recorded requests, says www.sportscollectors.net. I’m astounded at how many hobbyists received notes, photos or other bonuses with their requests.
“Boo” shared this with me in 2010. Enjoy!