Blago Saga Ball Chronicles Ugly Chapter

They’re Hall of Famers–at least in the eyes of those amused by Illinois politics. A one-of-a-kind baseball tells the story of a sports crazy governor ousted from office.

Some people collect politians’ autographs on baseballs. Others prefer celebrities. Still others try theentertainment figure theme.

In Illinois this year, you’ve got all three in one.

A sports memorabilia dealer in the Chicago area has acquired what is most likely a 1-1 autographed ball. It has no big leaguers on it–just some of the key players in the bizarre “Senate seat for sale” saga of disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The governor, impeached over FBI allegations that he sought favors and cash in exchange for an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat once held by Barack Obama, has signed the ball along with other key players in the ordeal. The mayor of Chicago has also autographed it.

Keith McDonough, owner of Bleacher’s Sports in Winnetka, bought it with the idea of something good coming out of the whole mess.