Me. Me. Me.
No matter how well you do in making your case to a current or former player, chances are your request might seem like just another demand to an autograph signer.
What if someone convinced a potential signer that the request was for them, them, them?
Tim Virgilio has done that with his “Signatures for Soldiers” charity, raising more than $3,000 to benefit Military Missions in Action.
Nick Diunte and his Baseball Happenings site shined (as usual) getting Tim to share his vision of what autographs can do for the greater good. Nick’s feature pointed out that Woody Williams and Jim Leyritz were the first two notables to aid the Signatures for Soldiers team.
Tim is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with former combat veterans for the last nine years. He chose carefully in finding an organization that’s adept at serving disabled vets.
To find out how you can purchase autographs for a great cause or help Tim’s efforts, write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find the Facebook page by the same name.
I am a Nick Diunte fan.
His fact-finding talent resurfaced during a recent discovery he made online.
He found amazing footage in the documentary Extra Innings: Preserving the History of the Negro Leagues. (Please, take a look at the Youtube clip.) There’s former Kansas City Monarch Bill McCrary with a binder. He’s proud to show a letter he preserved from a fan in Japan.
That’s no ordinary fan. That’s blog reader and friend Kohei Nirengi.
Yes, so many retirees read our letters.
Many are thrilled more than you’ll ever know.
And this is the tricky part. I believe Mr. McCrary wasn’t stunned by a letter from another country. He was impressed seeing that someone made a special effort to learn his story and contact him with a personal letter.
Your postmark doesn’t matter. Your sincerity and dedication do.
Thank you, Nick. Thank you, Kohei!
|I spotted this on a 2006
website. Zapp had a knack
for small autographs that
would stand out without
ruining the look of a card
An autograph may last forever, but the signer may not.