Collecting autographs over the years…a few tales.

Now that the old ballgame is firing back up again, I’ve been going
through a few of the baseball autographs I have amassed over the
years.  I’ve always enjoyed collecting autographs.  I guess it’s for
the same reason why I enjoy ballhawking so much.  It sort of brings you
closer to the game.  Gets you involved, in a way.

Many
autographs I have obtained come with their own interesting story.  Many
are not so interesting.  Either way, collecting has always been fun. 
Who knows, maybe someday my kids will enjoy them the same.

Here’s a few with more to follow…

TODD HELTON
Todd helton.jpgRockpile Ranter, this Rocky Mountain throwback is for you.

Todd
was walking out of old Milwaukee County Stadium after a game.  We would
always hang around after the game and goof off (we didn’t have anywhere
to be and we loved being around the park).  I spotted Todd in
plainclothes walking to a cab.  We approached him and kindly asked for
his autograph.  Todd was holding a big cup of beer.  So, he says to my
brother, “hold this” and hands him the cup of beer.  Then proceeds to
sign our baseballs. 
What a cool dude.  He’s always been one of my favorite hitters. 

Todd Helton signed baseball.jpg
TREVOR HOFFMAN
trevor hoffman pic.jpgThis guy is so cool…I’m stoked he’s on my team.  During the 1999
season, he was wearing my Brewers floppy hat at County Stadium for
about 20 minutes during Batting Practice.  It all started when I asked
him if we could trade hats.  I wanted his gamer hat for my collection. 
He tossed his hat up in the bleachers to me and said, “if my hat fits
you, you can have it.”  I tried it on and it barely fit on half my
head.  He said, “see, I’ve got a pinhead!”  I tossed his hat back to
him and he signed a baseball for me instead. 

One cool dude.

Thumbnail image for Trevor Hoffman signed baseball.jpg
TOM ARNOLD
tom arnold.jpgNot a baseball player but a big fan of the game.  This guy is hilarious.

I
met him when the All Star Game came to Milwaukee in 2002.  He was doing
“The Best Damn Sports Show” right behind my right field bleacher seats.

Is
he best known for being married to Roseanne?  Whatever the reason, he
was cordial to me the day he signed the baseball pictured below. 

Tom Arnold signed baseball.jpgCURT SCHILLING
curt schilling.JPGI
was standing above the Phillies dugout at County Stadium when he popped
out.  I asked him if he had time to sign a baseball.  He said, “when I
finish warming up.”  Now, I’ve heard this a million times before. 
That’s a nice way to say not right now I hope you forget. 
Well, about 30 minutes later, he comes running off the field toward
me.  When he gets about 15 feet from me, he puts up his hands as if to
say, toss your baseball here. 

He was a man of his word. 

Curt Schilling signed baseball.jpg

More to come…

13 Comments

Lol, love the Hoffman story.
I’ve got no great baseball stories.. not even mildly good ones lol.. but I’m hoping that’ll change soon. Can’t wait for the season to start.
- V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

Nice stories happy. I’m hoping you have more nice ball players than mean in your collection and I’m glad to hear Toddy was good to you. Everytime I’ve talked to him he’s been a standup guy and it’s good to hear it’s not just in Colorado!
Tom
http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

Happy, man I love this entry. I’m glad to hear Todd was as cool to you as he appears. Hopefully I’ll have a Helton story to share soon. Helton’s got a cool autograph and I like the extra nice touch of him personalizing it, classy. A couple more days and I’m rolling bro…too bad we won’t get to hang in AZ. Possibly Coors Field this year?…Thanks for the throwback Happy…D
http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/

I forgot to mention, I really dig those cards man…D

Happy – I’m glad to hear that Curt was a man of his word! And thank you again for my Bobby Doerr autograph! Hope all is going well with your son! And that you & your wife are getting a little sleep!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

V…
Want to make some great baseball stories? Interact with the players when you see them! They’re just regular people with a crazy ability to hit and throw a baseball (and they make gazillion dollars, too). Talk to them and the stories will come!

Tom…
Most players are cordial. Todd Helton’s a stud. I just laughed when he handed us his beer to hold. Taking a little “road soda” with him back to the hotel!

D…
you’re welcome! Looking forward to reading all about Spring from the MBU…I won’t be down until late March. I’m keeping open the slim possibility that I could head to Denver during that last week of the season. We’ll see!
I told my wife what I wanted on my contact card and she designed it.

Julia…
Curt Schilling is alright in my book. He’s pretty opinionated, but he’s very down-to-earth. I hope he joins the Brewers around June or July…I won’t hold my breath.
It’s been tough finding time to blog, but the little guy and the wife are just fine-thanks!

“Happy”

I like the Hoffman story the best, although they’re all great. Just the idea of offering his cap is so cool. Hope you have time for more autograph hunting when the season starts, given your new responsibilities!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Awww, Trevor, waaaa!!! *sniff sniff*, I’m OK. Great story, he’s such a great guy to the fans and to his teammates. He will do such wonderful things for you guys…great cards, too!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Jane…
Trevor is one cool dude. Autographs? Yeah, they might have to take a backseat.

Kaybee…
I hope so-thanks!

“Happy”

Nice autographs Happy! It is cool that you have a story behind each of them!

When I was young, I went to a Jays/Mariners game with a handful of baseball cards from both teams. Warming up in the Mariners bullpen during the game was a player (obscure reliver in those days) Scott Holdman. I had a card of him, so I asked if he would sign my card. He pointed down the baseline to security guard and said “get him to sign it,” then he walked away. It was a pretty bad thing to say to a 8-year-old kid. I was crushed, the sectioned I was sitting in resoundingly booed him after that.

Later that game, however, I was able share a cotton candy with young Blue Jay outfielder Derek Bell.

That is my autograph story. I have a couple more, but that is the only one that stands out.

Thanks again Happy for supporting Earth Day. A tree will go up with you in mind.
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Jeremy…
I have a few stories like that one-but I was older. That’s a shame an 8-yr old has to hear that garbage. Hope to hear more of your stories down the road.
It was my pleasure to support your cause-good luck!

“Happy”

Happy,
These stories are great! Curt is such a nice guy! I’m so jealous that you have an autograph from him! That’s so cool about Todd Helton too, maybe I should start hanging around the stadium after games. And the story with Trevor Hoffman is so funny! I’m sure Kaybee and Hyun Young love it.
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Elizabeth…
I’ve been told I should write my own book. I have so many stories over the years with countless ballplayers. It’s always been fun yuckin’ it up with these guys!

“Happy”

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