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Old 04-24-2018, 01:19 PM
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Default Baseball players who aren't friendly signers

Was reading the thread about Willie Mays and his horrible autograph stories. Would love to see a thread on other encounters by other baseball players. I can add Reggie Jackson to the list. My dad and cousin ran across him in New York one night in the 70's, my dad being in his early 20's, my cousin being around 8-10 years old. They were the only ones around and my dad asked him to sign a piece of paper he had on him, he wouldn't sign it. From what I hear, it didn't sit well with Reggie to ask for his autograph on the street.... I can personally add Cal Ripken Jr, although I know he is a generous signer, i was at Yankee stadium 2 times where he was signing before the games, I was still a teenager, however not young enough for his autograph. He signed every kids ball that was say under 12, everyone else he completely ignored. Yes, I get why he was doing it, however ever since then, he became an asshole in my eyes.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:40 PM
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Joe DiMaggio was dope. Questioning where we bought the item to be autographed and for how much. He hated that other people were making money off his likeness. He finally signed it (Armand LaMontage print) but he didn't like it and told me that's the last one he was signing.
Also Jim Rice was nasty. If it wasn't a bat, ball or photo he got all bent out of shape
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:49 PM
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I can personally add Cal Ripken Jr, although I know he is a generous signer, i was at Yankee stadium 2 times where he was signing before the games, I was still a teenager, however not young enough for his autograph. He signed every kids ball that was say under 12, everyone else he completely ignored. Yes, I get why he was doing it, however ever since then, he became an asshole in my eyes.[/quote]

Really? Hes an asshole cuz he signs for just kids and not greedy adults? Lol what a jerk.

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I was like 15 years old, couldn't even drive a car yet... real greedy, lol
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:36 PM
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I would give Ripken a pass on that, a player like that gets more autograph requests than he can realistically handle sometimes and has to have some system for prioritizing. Kids = yes/ grown-ups = no seems a reasonable system to have in that situation. Bummer that you fell above his cut-off point but I'd hardly call him an ass hole for that.
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Old 04-25-2018, 08:07 AM
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I completely understand his side. Yes, he obviously gets a ton of requests. And can't sign everything. i guess I need to explain more.... so if you've ever been to Yankee stadium, I found the best spots to get autographs is hanging out down the left and right field between the bases and foul pole. I'm in left field, right by the ball boy. Prob with 5-10 other people, he comes over and signs basically every ball but mine, no I was not rude or pushy or anything like that. As this is going on, more and more people keep coming. I'm directly in front of him, and he takes my ball, then gives it right back unsigned. And continues to sign for say another 5-10 minutes. As a 15 year old huge baseball fan, I thought I was snubbed.... say what u want about him, but that's just being a dick in my eyes... yes he does sign a lot and he didn't have to, but when someone you think I'm of very highly, completely looks over you, what would you personally think of him???
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:33 AM
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Marc,
I'm sorry to hear about your experience trying to get Ripken's autograph.
Cal Ripken was certainly one of the most tireless signers that I ever recall seeing.
I have seen him sign for kids and adults alike at the stadium while he was an active player, especially late in his career.

Nolan Ryan was also amazing! On the road he would frequently sign outside the hotel. He would come out at exactly the same time and sign one autograph for everyone in a line that was usually really long. While he was looking down while signing he would make note of the shoes that a fan was wearing. Once he started seeing the same pair of shoes, he would stop and it was off to the stadium. The only time I saw him threaten to leave early was when some autograph seekers started shoving in the line.
In the last 30+ years, I can't think of too many HOF stars that were as accommodating as these two guys were, IMHO.
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Sometimes it's just not your day... Very few stars sign at Yankee stadium unless they know someone in the stands, so for cal to do that regularly when I saw him there was very cool. Just from my personal experience, it didn't go as well as I would have liked. As a huge fan of baseball and autograph collector, it was disappointing. Sometimes people are in great moods, sometimes there not. I started the thread to hear more stories like willie mays and his signing stories.
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Your context helps. Did you respond at all when the ball got handed back to you like " hey Cal please please lm not going to sell it!!!"

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Old 04-25-2018, 11:51 AM
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As a collector at visiting team hotels in the 1960's Aaron , Mantle, and Bob Buhl were horror stories I still remember 50 years later the details of which I put on other posts.
Collecting with my son in the 2000's at spring training Sammy Sosa (acted like he thought he was God), Eric Davis- who publicly made fun of me because I had a beard were the most disturbing as well as a Junior College player named Bryce Harper who twice one on one at JUCO wouldn't acknowledge my existence. There were many other non signers but these guys were memorable
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