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Saturday, February 12, 2005

The "Babe Ruth" of Baseball Autograph Collecting Dies

Do you know who Ralph Winnie is (or was)?
If you collect baseball autographs or are interested in that hobby, you should.
Winnie, who died this past week, estimated that there were 15,000 major-league players from 1871 to 1998, and he collected more than 11,000 of their autographs.
According to the Seattle Times story by Susan Gilmore, "When Hall of Fame outfielder Hack Wilson died penniless, Mr. Winnie sent money to his family to help pay for the funeral and the family sent him an autograph of the baseball star."
As far as we know, Winnie achieved this greatness without using steroids as well.
Much more @:

On the same topic: do you like PBS'
"Antiques Roadshow?" Here is an interesting story of one collector owning a souvenir record book and official score book from a 1919 World Series game at Comiskey Park.