Babe Ruth may have hit 714, but Bill “Billy” Pierce signed just as many.
The former hurler, a major leaguer from 1945-64, died last week at age 88. The ever-impressive www.sportscollectors.net credited Pierce for signing 95 percent of requests, a coincidental 714. His 95 percent success rate would have been higher, but his final replies were logged for May. Plus, a few collectors seemed to realize that the senior signing machine might not crank out autographs forever.
Here’s what Mr. Pierce shared with “Baseball By The Letters” in 2010.
Guilt by association?
Some collectors have despaired after the headlines of Reggie Jackson confronting a supposed autograph hound/possible dealer.
The odds are stacking against real fans, honest collectors and sincere researchers.
Our only hope?
Don’t look or sound like them, whether it’s in-person or in the letter you send.
There may be more at stake than your own success.
No called third strike. Brad Balukjian went down swinging.
However, was it really strike three?
The author gave a Hall of Fame effort trying to get a conversation from Carlton Fisk. That’s an effort any collector or letter-writing researcher can find inspiration from.
Mr. Fisk, give Mr. Wax Pack a chance!
This adventure keeps getting epic-er and epic-er.