Game-used baseballs are a hot collectible, but fans sometimes have to fight players for them.
Heck, sometimes players have to fight other players.
Colorado Rockies’ closer Huston Street keeps every baseball he gets when he’s credited with a save. He has at least 132 of them, each marked with the date and the opponent.
After earning a save in Game 2 of the National League division series, Street went through a line of teammates as he shook hands, then as he passed second baseman Cllint Barmes, Huston reached into Barmes’ glove and took the ball. Barmes had caught the ball for the game’s final out and, according to the Austin American Stateman, looked bewildered.
Street told the paper he doesn’t have them displayed in a trophy case quite yet. "Some are at my parents, some are at my condo, some are at the new house my wife and I just bought," he explained. "There’s no real method right now, but they’re all accounted for. That’s all that matters."
He had a chance to pick up a meaningful ball Monday night, but allowed a three-run Phillies rally as the Rockies were eliminated three games to one.
Collectors of 1950s and 60s baseball cards know the name "Larry Jansen". The long-time big league pitcher was a staple on Topps and Bowman cards.
Jansen, who finished second to Jackie Robinson in the 1947 Rookie of the Year balloting, died over the weekend.
He had a big family and a huge stable of friends, including comedian Bill Cosby. His obituary in a local newspaper in his home state of Oregon included a look at some of Jansen’s cards and a touching tribute to his life.