You may have heard the tales from the new inductees’ Hall of Fame playing careers but there were plenty of memorabilia-related stories floating around Cooperstown–and elsewhere–over the weekend.
Tony Gwynn’s favorite autograph story involves a very persistent man in New York who chased him on foot as Gwynn rode in a car.
Ripken has always been fan-friendly, even spending years accommodating a woman who began collecting in-person photographs and signatures from him during his minor league season with the Rochester Red Wings in 1981.
Another story wonders if it’s possible we’re underestimating Ripken’s value to baseball–past and future–and to the memorabilia hobby.
Former teammate Jamie Moyer on Ripken:
"He was amazing. "I think he was able to stay so healthy because he worked so hard. He worked hard after games, and he still would sign autographs until 12:30 or 1 in the morning. I remember I’d shower and eat and be on my way home and there would be lines of people waiting near the players’ parking lot waiting for his autograph. He’d sign until they all had one."