Schrader's... "LITTLE COOPERSTOWN"
Schrader's "LITTLE COOPERSTOWN"
Certified August 2011 "Guiness World Record Largest Private Autograghed Baseball Collection"
Welcome to Schrader's Little Cooperstown. This is the largest private autographed baseball collection in the world.
Presently at over 4,800 baseballs. Here are just a few......
One ball I call "Priceless" was generated when in 1939 they opened the Baseball Hall of Fame. There were 26 members inducted however only
eleven were alive and there. I have a baseball signed by all eleven along with a original ticket which admits one to the opening June 12th, 1939.
The price was $1.65 Section 8, Row K, number 16.
I have a dual autographed ball by Joe DiMaggio and Maryilyn Monroe. How about a 1927 New York Yankees team autographed ball along with a 1927
New York Yankees World Series Ring ? A John Franklin "Home Run" Baker autographed ball along with the actual 1st Home Run ball that Baker hit
after becoming a Yankee on May 15th, 1916. A 1934 St. Louis Cardinals autographed ball as they were know as the "Gashouse Gang" this includes
the signatures of the famed brothers Dizzy and Daffy Dean. Total over 170 team signed balls.
The 1942 Movie, "Pride of the Yankees"..a baseball signed by Gary Cooper ( played Lou Gehrig ), Babe Ruth and Bill Dickey ( played themselves ),
Walter Brennan and other stars from that movie. The ball is also inscribed and signed ..." With appreciation, Eleanor Gehrig". Speaking of movies,
I have a multi signed ball by Penny Marshall and all the players/actors in the movie.. " A League of Their Own ". 165 signed balls from the players.
How about these rare finds... Mickey Charles Mantle, Sanford Sandy Koufax, Joseph Paul DiMaggio, Theodore Samuel Williams and Lawrence
Peter Berra. Not only a Roberto Clemente but a ball signed by his wife Vera and his three sons Luis, Enrique and Roberto Jr. I've also concentrated
on autographs from the Negro League Players garnishing over 175 signed balls including Satchel Paige.
Ok...try this one ...A 1939 Dodger's autographed florescent yellow night ball. Yes, Ebbets Field had lights so bad that Excutive Larry MacPhail
came up with this idea, however it was a short lived concept and I've never seen or heard of another ball like this one. Oh yes, I've got entire case
( 1 dozen ) 1994 World Series Baseballs. This was the strike year and these balls were never used. I have vintage baseballs dating back as far
Lets try some of these names...Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, John Clarkson, Miller Huggins, Hugh Duffy, Charles "Kid" Nichols, Tim Keefe,
Martin Dihigo, Tony Lazzeri, Waite Hoyt, Joe Cronin, Bobby Wallace, Rube Marquard, Bill Veeck, Sam Rice, Earl Averill, Edd Rousch, Chief Bender,
Mark Koening, Cao Anson, Fred Clark, Elmer Flick, Lefty Grove, George Wright, Stanley Coveleski, Morris "Red" Badgro, Mordecai Brown,
The Famed Poison Brothers...Paul "Big Poison" Waner and Lloyd "Little Poison" Waner. I even got Jim Thorpe.
More ?... Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Greenberg, Christy Mathewson, Bill Dicky, Lefty Gomez, Carl Hubbel, Jackie Robinson, Mell Ott,
Casey Stengal, Luke Appling, Jimmie Fox, Joe McCarthy, Al Lopez, Pie Traynor, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Don Larson, Bobby Richardson, Tony Kubek, Clete Boyer, Johnny Blanchard, Elston Howard, Whitey Ford, Ralph Terry,
Edd Roush, Burleigh Grimes, Joe Medwick, Joe Sewell, Leon Day, Joe Dugan, Eddie Onslow, Dolph Camilli, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, good ole
Pee Wee Reese... and I could go on.
Visitor.. Bill Rasmussen, founder (1979) and CEO of ESPN Sports..."greatest baseball collection I've ever seen."
All the modern day players...no one left out...you name him... I got him. Click on to the photos page and see my vault.
NOTE... Little Cooperstown is now housed at... The St. Pertersburg Museum of History on loan there till the year 2032.
Museum... 335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 Phone 727-894-1052 Tours Daily (Closed Mondays)
St. Petersburg Museum of History's site.... www.spmoh.com Check it out... "You'll Love the Museum, Come Visit."
Dennis and Mary Schrader