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Autographed baseballs bringing out the worst in people, Part II

Jul 21, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

Ray Durham

Following up on that post about the autographed Derek Jeter baseballs is a link to another story about how memorabilia is pretty much awful. The story involves a deceased father’s extensive autographed baseball collection and the fight to inherit it by his two adult-yet-totally-childish sons, each of whom claims ownership.

The dead father, by the way, was on the board of the Chicago White Sox, so proximity to ballplayers meant that this is a big, big collection.

The worst thing about all of this, however, is not the fight between the sons. Nor is it about the peril of improper estate planning.  No, the worst thing about it is how one of the sons’ thefts of autographed baseballs was explained via a totally gratuitous swipe at Ray Durham, who I always kinda liked:

A closer look revealed that someone had taken another ball and secretly replaced it with a ball signed by Ray Durham, a former second baseman for the White Sox and other teams. Durham is a friend of the Pogofsky family, but his career .277 batting average did not merit his autographed ball sitting among balls signed by the game’s most legendary players.

The Durham ball “is worth, like $5,” Benjamin Pogofsky said.

Ray Durham, thankfully, could not be reached for comment.

  1. sknut - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Still worth more than the childish son will ever amount to.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Lots of items are left to multiple siblings and fought over, so I wouldn’t necessarily single out memorabilia in this regard. I agree with the notion that memorabilia can be a shady business, but in this case, it could be a valuable car or jewelry collection and it sounds like these douche-bag kids would be fighting over ownership.

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:25 AM

      I have loads of books in my personal library that I signed to myself with their author’s names. You know, to Gator, with fond memories of our trysts at the Adriatic shore, fondly, Gertrude Stein. Or, to Gator, thanks for that beer at the Deptford Ale House, best, Kit Marlowe. Or, to Gator, thanks for that bottle of Retsina at that little cafe on the Plaka, take care, Homer. My kids know better, but they’re going to have a field day watching the bidders tear each other’s bankbooks open at Sotheby’s some day.

      • hittfamily - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:57 AM

        hysterical

  3. onemilemore - Jul 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Anyone see the recent episode of Franklin & Bash with the two brothers fighting over the dead father’s Kirk Gibson home run ball? Someone needs to sick Mark Paul Gosselar and Breckin Meyer on these fools!

  4. philipmiller111 - Jul 21, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    BUSH DID IT !!!!

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:21 AM

      That is correct, it’s all Reggie’s fault.

    • hittfamily - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:56 AM

      The Australian Outback had nothing to do with this.

  5. philipmiller111 - Jul 21, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Remember Ted Williams’s kids?

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:22 AM

      Yes, they’re frozen in my memory.

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