a long time ago, i posted about a through the mail autograph success with former dodger (and dodger double dipper) joe beckwith. in that post, i also showed the back of a ticket that beckwith signed in person for my dad back in 1980. i mentioned that i would show the front of the ticket in a future post. that post is this one, and this is the front of the ticket.
yes, for one glorious year, my hometown hosted the don sutton celebrity golf tournament. actually, i believe it returned in 1981, but sutton did not as he was no longer in southern california, having moved on to houston. in fact, the inaugural tournament, for which my dad had his dinner ticket signed by sutton himself, took place about two weeks before he signed with the astros. as for me, i was in attendance at the dinner, but as a server not a guest. my dad got me the gig as a way to get me into the dinner which was nice of him. it gave me time to meet a couple of other celebrities in attendance, including bill murray.
that same autograph book accompanied me to many events, including a dodger game. this is my lone in person steve garvey autograph
there was an annual baseball hot stove dinner that came through town in the late 70's and into the early 90's as well. i went to a few in the 1979-1988 time frame. one regular was pete rose
there are other autographs from the hot stove dinners in my book, such as these two.
who are they? well, they are both guys with socal roots - the first one is from riverside, and the second is from santa barbara. that would be wayne gross and brian asselstine, both of whom recently signed their 1978 topps cards for me through the mail
here's another page from one of the hot stoves - can you figure out who the signatures belong to?
here's another local guy - rusty kuntz
the last auto i will show from the book came from what i believe was the second sutton golf tourney. i've mentioned it before on the blog, but hadn't yet shown it. it is the first autograph i personally received from a retired player who had worn the dodger uniform.
don't get me wrong - i've enjoyed requesting and receiving ttm autos over the past few years, but the in person experience as a kid just can't be beat.