I received two great returns recently. Steve Garvey returned my LA Dodgers pocket pro helmet signed and added his number and the inscription 1974 NL MVP. I grew up rooting for Steve Garvey. He was a great first baseman and part of the famous Dodger infield-Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey. He was a player that went out there and played every day. I was hoping that he would be the one to break Lou Gehrig's record. (Actually I wanted him to tie him, never wanted to see anyone break it) I tried to copy his compact swing but it never worked for me, probably because I wasn't very good :) I hated to see him leave the Dodgers but was extremely happy to see him with the Padres and help them reach the World Series. I was hoping that they would beat the Tigers. I am so happy to get this return.
I never got to see Gil Coan play but I have learned things about him from the book When the Boys Came Home and through old Baseball Digests. He is a very interesting story. He had an offer to play ball but chose to work in a factory instead because he didn't want to leave the woman he loved. After they were married and worried about his own safety in the factory, he signed with a minor league team. He made his major league debut with the Washington Senators. He ended up getting a fractured skull in a later season and came back to hit over .300. He has a very nice signature and he answered my questions. I had asked about his mother (there is a great picture of them in the book above) and he said extremely nice things about her. I really enjoy learning about the players in the past because there are some great stories there.