21 June 2011

boys of summer

today is the first day of summer.  that's what the calendar says - here in minny it's relatively cold and definitely rainy.  i sure hope the weather improves next week for the dodgers' visit.  anyway, the realistic pessimist in me says that the days are going to get shorter after today, and the optimistic realist in me says that there's still plenty of baseball yet to be played.  i can't help but think that it's not meaningful baseball, however, as the dodgers and twins are well back of a playoff spot at this point.

i've been focusing a lot more on the vintage part of my collection this year, due in large part to poor play of the current teams, as well as all the ownership drama going on in la.  therefore, i will look to a boy of summer for inspiration, specifically this roy campanella issue that he supposedly used by the hall of fame catcher as a giveaway after his paralyzing automobile accident when someone requested his autograph (the auto is a pre-print)
best wishes, indeed.

enjoy the rest of the summer everybody, shorter days and all.


Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

Was Campy able to sign after the accident or was he paralyzed?

Commishbob said...

Ryan, Campy regained some use of his arms through physical therapy and was eventually able to sign autographs.

MrMopar said...

Campy had a very nice, clean signature as a player. After the accident and eventually after some rehab, he was able to scribble his name. I believe at one point he may have even used a device to aid him in signing, like an autopen, however those only sign as well as the person's hand is writing and Campy had very limited movement in his arms/hands.

The Salvino statues and the Front Row autographs are good examples of the post-accident Campanella signature. There are probably numerous exemplars of both signatures on ebay now. Thankfully, I was able to obtain both kinds over my collecting days.

gcrl said...

thanks guys for chiming in. i am aware of the front row cards circa '92 that campy was able to sign fairly well. better than most modern able-bodied ballplayers.

Commishbob said...

Found this. If you scroll pretty far down on this page there is a paragraph on Campy signing for kids at a meeting of a baseball booster club.

MrMopar said...

The article was undated as to when Campy appeared at their club. Perhaps it was early after the accident...the club has been around since 1926 after all.

At first, Campy had zero movement. Over time, he was apparently able to regain some movement in his upper body. The scribbles you see on the statues and cards are not by an attendant. His wife was known to sign for him as well. Those appear to be possibly real, but are vastly different from his real signature, not to mention that these show up on items issued after his accident. I have a 1975 program signed by her. It looks like Campy could have signed it himself, but obviously it was too neat for him to have done it at that point.