Hello, Babe Ruth: Telling the world about autographs

Posted May 18th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Babe Ruth

RuthBabeAlanCohenYou can learn a lot from baseball researcher and author Alan Cohen.

Initially, he reached me through this blog. He’s in the home stretch of writing a fascinating baseball history book.

I spotted, via Facebook, one of his victories.

Someone found him on LinkedIn. Her dad had played in the “Esquire All-American Boys” game, a precursor of the Hearst Sandlot Classic.

See what the supporter included with the message. That’s her father with a noted coach:

Yes, that’s Babe Ruth, circa 1945.

Moral? Don’t be shy. Don’t be silent. 

Don’t spend all your time talking about the weather, your ailments, religion or politics. Share a passion. You write to former players? 

Of course, slip in a call to action. A request. “If you EVER have any tips or ideas…”

Then, don’t count the misses. Only the hits. 

If the world doesn’t know about your hobby, how can anyone ever help you?

Babe Ruth’s Daughter Brings Autograph Collectors Hope

Posted July 14th, 2014 by Tom Owens and filed in Babe Ruth
The www.antiquetrader.com
site documented this selling
for more than $62,000 in a
2008 auction. Ruth’s daughter
makes it sound like there may be
many autographs still out there
from her famous father.

It might be easy to be low on hope right now.

No regularly-scheduled games through Wednesday.
Plus, it’s Monday.
Well, I spotted this happy comment from CBS News this weekend. Babe Ruth’s daughter claims that he never refused an autograph request. Drivers, start your imaginations!
Let’s hope the second half of this season finds more Babe-like behavior with our requests.

Autograph Collectors, Don’t Envy Reporters

Posted October 29th, 2013 by Tom Owens and filed in Babe Ruth, Christy Walsh, World Series

I was impressed seeing this
on www.sportscollectorsdaily.com.
Sports agent Walsh got Ruth
and others to sign in 1947. These days,
an autographed press pass
seen by team officials
would be grounds for eviction!

Frustrated TTM collectors might wish to trade places with the all-access journalists who are swarming about the World Series. Look at the players they have at their fingertips.

Not for autographs!

The press passes include the warning. Signs are posted, too.

The team prints their law on every press pass. Asking for autographs means you can ejected from the clubhouse or field quicker than a mouthy manager.

And, unlike the school principal who threatened to put this on your imaginary “permanent record,” I believe that an infraction might make it impossible to get a press pass in the future.

Think of The Coasters singing Poison Ivy:

“You can look but you better not touch!”