Think you had to grow up in a big league American city to fill an autograph book during the 1930s?
Nowadays, they call it ‘flyover country’.
Famous athletes get from one coast to the other by hopping on a private airplane or (gasp!) a commercial flight.
75 years ago, they still travelled mostly by train; a leisurely ride through states that didn’t have a ballpark to reach their destination. Barnstorming was common across North America and even around the world for Hall of Famers who could draw a crowd.
One young man who grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was lucky enough to see some well-known names as he chased autographs in the 1930s. The autograph book in which he kept them remains in the possession of his family.
It’s a treasured family heirloom according to a Can West News Service story–one with stories to tell.