They’re not quite ready to battle Cooperstown, but one New Jersey city has found itself in possession of a 1927 Philadelphia A’s autographed baseball courtesy of an old woman’s will.
The safe deposit box of the late Marie Hartem Chester contained nothing so ordinary as cash or jewelry. It held a baseball.
But this was not your everyday baseball. It was three-quarters of a century old and bore the signatures of a championship team in the making. The baseball had belonged to her late husband, but she hung onto it long after he was gone and her will means the city where she lived now owns it.