A Colorado sports fan’s desire to get some of his baseball cards autographed through the mail has led to a new book. Corresponding with Legends: I Wrote to Ballplayers and They Wrote Back is a look into the past of professional baseball through the eyes of the people who actually saw it.
Hand written letters sent to Craig Sievers, a Colorado collector, have been compiled over nearly two decades of research. After spotting a book with players’ home addresses, Sievers set out to get some of his collection autographed but wound up doing much more. He wrote detailed letters, asking questions and offering a sincere interest in old-time players, including many who’d been all but forgotten. Many of them wrote back notes or even letters including Roy Sievers.
“I didn’t even think anyone was reading my letters, so that just blew my mind,” he told AuburnPub.com for this story.
Eventually, his focus became more on the correspondence with former players and less on requests for autographs.
Corresponding With Legends was published by Downtown Books and Coffee. It’s a 150-page book and is available here via Amazon.com.