How do I choose the personalities to write to as I collect baseball memories? I don’t limit myself to 25-man rosters or official entries in any encyclopedia. If someone has a life and career that speaks to me as a fan, I want more of their story.
As I maintain my goal of sending a letter a day, here’s the people my next sheet of FOREVER stamps are reserved for…
RANDY WEHOFER (pictured above): Iowa Cubs team announcer who played a, yes, team announcer, in the movie Sugar.
NANCY FAUST: White Sox team organist retiring in 2010, her 41st season. She got crowds to sing —
“Na, na, na, na. Na, na, na, na. Hey, hey, hey. Goodbye”
MIKE VEECK: Minor league baseball visionary, son of Hall of Fame team owner Bill Veeck.
SISTER MARY ASSUMPTA: Cleveland Indians super-fan who has baked cookies to give to her “boys” for 25 years. Featured on a 1997 Upper Deck promo card.
KADIR NELSON: Gifted illustrator and creator of the stunning book We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.
DAVE RAYMOND: The first Phillies Phanatic.
DENNIS RIMA: One of the “Ghost Players” who’ve performed at Iowa’s Field of Dreams and around the world.