|Years of service, to baseball
and the hobby. Thank you!
Thanks to Reds collector Ron Martin for sharing the news, via www.sportscollectors.net.
Former catcher Bob Schmidt, part of Cincinnati’s 1961 team, suffered a stroke and is unable to sign autographs.
Schmidt’s greatest statistic?
According to SCN, he signed 97 of 99 TTM requests.
Before everyone crosses him off their baseball address lists, I have one question:
When a retiree has to stop signing because of health matters, do any of you (who own his autograph) ever send a thank-you note? I’d think a note saying, “I kept your autograph all these years” would be quite meaningful.
Just a thought.
|An elusive signer leaves us…|
In January, I shared the story of Howie Nunn not signing. His wife was moved by the sincerity of Ron Martin. Mrs. Nunn called the hobbyist, telling him about her husband’s failing health.
Weeks later comes news of Howie Nunn’s death. Additional thanks go to Ron.
Two things stood out from this obituary. First, only one sentence mentioned the teams Nunn played for during his major league career. His second career as manager of a machinery and electronics company got the same space.
Secondly, the survivors included his two cherished poodles.
Former players are still people. They have other jobs, careers which they might have gleaned more pride and satisfaction from than their major league employment. They have pets and family.
Honor the whole person when you write.
Coming Tuesday: Learning from Mariner Dave Valle.