It would have fetched a pretty penny at auction, but thanks to the generosity of an octogenarian, a special vintage signed baseball now resides in a place where everyone can see it.
The Baseball Hall of Fame rarely purchases items. Not competing with well-heeled collectors has cost the Cooperstown shrine more than a few historic pieces over the years, but it doesn’t mean they get shut out.
Take the case of Rowland Montgomery.
As a 12 year-old, he received a special gift from an Englishman who didn’t much know Babe Ruth from Babe Didrickson. The boy kept the ball for three quarters of a century before finally retrieving it from storage and deciding that its permanent home should be with baseball fans.
It’s in great shape and contains some remarkable signatures from an incredible journey. The story of this vintage signed baseball was worth telling now that it’s on display.