A book deadline is calling.
Here’s news, plus a request:
|Keep chasing Boonie
before the HOF calls! If you think he’s
a streaky signer now, just wait…
One of the joys of this blog is finding all-star readers. These are the gamers of the hobby, those tireless collectors who do autographs their way.
Thanks to Dan Brunetti sent a great note with an interesting possibility:
“I have enjoyed your posts this month.
My “why won’t this guy sign for me?” is Bob Boone. I have gotten RTS returns from him both through the Nationals and at his home address while the rest of the world seems to be racking up successes at both addresses with one or two week turnarounds. I am chalking it up to bad timing, as I sent to the Nationals in January and to his home in California in May.
I have have a few others where I saw several cards mailed after mine show up in the success column of others while I was still waiting. Bill Lee and Bert Campaneris are two good examples.”
Poor Mario Mendoza got a “line” named after his anemic batting average. Will the spot signers who vex a particular collector be assigned the pitcher’s name? As in, “The guy totally Santorini-s me every time I write!”
Lastly, here’s a grateful shout-out to Daniel Solzman. He shared…
Do me a favor, please. Before you read the rest of this blog, before you check the baseball standings or search for more stamps and envelopes, say thanks.
Not to me. Thank your hobby MVP. There’s someone near you who’s made a difference in your life as a baseball fan and autograph collector. Whether it’s a child, parent, sibling, spouse or even pet, someone has been patient with you. Despite all those baseball games and trips to the mailbox, they still love you.
My hobby MVP is my wife, Diana Star Helmer.
She’s learned to love the sport, because she loves me. Diana even wrote a sensational book about baseball (the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League), Belles of the Ballpark. This out-of-print title is worth being searched for, in libraries or used bookstores.
Her work is even more stunning, considering that she corresponded with and interviewed worried old women. The production company responsible for the movie A League of Their Own intimidated former players, warning them that doing interviews of any kind before the movie’s release would jeopardize the film’s success. (In other words, director Penny Marshall’s gang wanted an exclusive.)
Hollywood couldn’t stop Diana, who won over the AAGPBL alums one by one, all due to her knowledge and passion for their history.
Diana owns one of the greatest autographed items ever. At a reunion, former players passed around Diana’s book. They autographed pages where their names were mentioned. They wrote in margins. They spotted their names in the index and signed there.
She’s earned my gratitude, admiration and love. Happy birthday!