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I was experimenting with the 20 major league clubs. I wrote a lengthy letter to each team's publicity director asking how I might obtain a personally autographed baseball for my daughter Robin, who really wanted one. I offered to pay any of the costs involved, but I requested that the ball be personally signed and not just facsimile or rubber-stamped. The results, I think, are quite interesting.
I obtained 10 balls in all. Two of them (one from the Baltimore Orioles and one from the Chicago White Sox) were sent without charge and included a pleasant note. Four teams (the New York Yankees and Mets, the Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates) said that if I would send the ball, they would have the players sign it—which they did.
Four teams (the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox and Houston Colt 45s) asked me to send them from $3 to $5 to cover the cost of the ball and mailing—which was certainly reasonable. The Dodgers and Red Sox went on to explain that they donated receipts from the sale of these balls to charity—which is an excellent idea and should be commended.
Six teams answered that only facsimile reproductions were available and enclosed their price schedules.
Four of the teams that I wrote ( Los Angeles Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Athletics) didn't have the courtesy even to acknowledge receiving my original letter and two letters that I sent subsequently.
This latter list of nonrepliers interested me. The Athletics have had such poor public response to their stadium, their proposed moves and trades that I figured they would at least acknowledge my letter. The Angels can afford $200,000 bonuses but are not interested in investing a 5� stamp for a better public image.