Last week's article on Rich Buhrke and his collection of 876 major league baseballs set us to wondering what sort of memorabilia our own staff has been squirreling away over the years. The survey we conducted didn't turn up 876 of anything, but there was some pretty good stuff. For example:
A long-haired Chihuahua bred by Emperor Haile Selassie, which became a gift to Virginia Kraft.
Handful of Woodbine racetrack, given to Demmie Stathoplos after Secretariat ran his last race on it.
Australian Ralph Doubell's running shirt, "in which he may or may not have won the gold medal in the 800 meters in the 1968 Olympics"—Anita Verschoth.
Silk scarf given by Enzo Ferrari to Kenneth Rudeen for his wife Anne.
Cartridge cases from bullets, fired by Hurricane Jackson and Ernest Hemingway, that just missed Coles Phinizy.
"About a ton" of bricks from the old Yankee Stadium, forced upon Ray Kennedy, a Yankee-hater.
Tennis ball signed by Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, a letter from a dog and a photograph of himself dressed as a lobster—Curry Kirkpatrick.
The forearms of one of Don Drysdale's undershirts, and second base from the Polo Grounds—Robert Creamer.
Jack Nicklaus' U.S Open sun visor (1967) and the stick Bobby Orr used when he became the first defenseman to score 30 goals—Mark Mulvoy.