It was apparently the pride and joy of a lifelong baseball fan who became a part of the management of one of the game’s oldest franchises. Larry Pogofsky had hundreds of signed baseballs spanning every era of the game. It was a 30-year accumulation worthy of its own display. His goal, it’s said, was to acquire a ball signed by every member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The baseball collection, which included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and many other notables, has since become the subject of a nasty dispute between two of his three children.
Chicago financial advisor Benjamin Pogofsky claims his father planned all along to pass the collection down to him once he was gone. Larry Pogofsky’s wife seems to agree with that assessment.
Brad Pogofsky does not.
He’s accused of entering the family home earlier this year and taking more than two dozen baseballs worth thousands of dollars. He has been charged with residential burglary. His attorney says it’s nonsense…and that ownership of the baseballs should be a family matter.
In fact, he filed a protective order against his brother after he claims Benjamin and a Chicago cop harrassed him over the removal of the two dozen balls from the collection.
The Chicago Tribune sorts out the case–which it reports really isn’t that uncommon for families dealing with the death of a parent.