Pat Neshek & Autographs: A Family Affair

Posted March 30th, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in Pat Neshek, Stephanee Neshek
From — the pitcher has a
section entitled “Proof Shots.” He invites collectors to
send in photos of him signing. As you see, Pat
will go to great lengths to please fans.

If you were fighting for your professional future, would you still have time for fans, collectors and signing autographs?

I wanted to get word to Pat Neshek that we appreciate his upbeat attitudes about autographs. After my last blog post, I sent a note to his wife Stephanee.

Here’s her reply!

“Thanks Tom! Pat’s mom actually found your blog post awhile back and sent it to us:)

He loves the hobby and is happy to give back to the sport and fans who made it possible for him to play the game he loves :)”

As long as baseball still has a few Pat Nesheks, we still have hope.

Remembering Pitcher Dennis Bennett

Posted March 27th, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in Dennis Bennett
Long before Clint Eastwood made
action movies, Bennett used the
glare against batters!

Back in August, I wrote a two-part feature on pitcher Dennis Bennett.

He passed away last week at age 72.

I hope he was at peace over his injury-shortened career. In his letter, I wasn’t sure. I know that time hadn’t dulled his historic recollections.

Coming Friday: A surprising update about pitcher Pat Neshek.

Baseball Assistance Team On Deck

Posted March 26th, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in Baseball Assistance Team, George Riley

Put this one in your e-mail address book, please.

Last week, when I learned about Cubs pitcher George Riley’s need from collecting friend Kohei Nirengi,  I knew the baseball family would rally.

My first stop was

Don’t assume that all former players know about BAT. Financial aid is available, all granted on an anonymous basis.

If you ever receive a reply like Mr. Riley’s, fast help awaits.

Just e-mail the details, including a contact address of the retiree in need, to

I received an immediate confirmation e-mail that an aid application would be mailed to Mr. Riley.

Coming Wednesday: Saying goodbye to Phillies pitcher Dennis Bennett