Red Russell carries with him a permanent reminder of the greatest day a 1930s kid could imagine.
He attacked those penny packs with a vengeance–to get the gum and, we suppose, the baseball cards inside.
The year was 1934 and Red Russell was determined to collect enough wrappers to win a trip to see the man portrayed on those old Goudey cards. Lou Gehrig, along with Babe Ruth and the Yankees were magic to a 13 year-old living in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Young Red was among a group of eight youngsters who lived out a fantasy that summer. The autographed ball he carried home is gone, but he still has one very special photograph–and a lot of memories.