On a Cal Ripken signed 1989 glove, prized possessions, and the Rundel Library

On a Cal Ripken signed 1989 glove, prized possessions, and the Rundel Library

[Exhibit note: “This glove was signed at the 1989 Redwings [sic] vs. Orioles exhibition game. It is signed by Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Robinson, and Coach Curt Motton. Donated for exhibit by David Kramer.]

Today, billions of gifts will be exchanged throughout the world.  Of those, a very few will become someone’s “most prized possession.”  But what is a prized possession?  Narrowing the definition, one’s most prized possession is the single object that can be considered a collectible or a semi-collectible whose loss would cause the most pain.


signed by Kelly from Still Jilted by the Jills

What is yours?  I admit I have two.

Indulgent readers were already introduced to one.  My old football “borrowed” from the University of Wisconsin team and later signed by Buffalo Jills over the course of several years.  See  Still jilted by the Jills  


Jack signed by the Jills  from Still Jilted by the Jills

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Note: it should read, “Steve Finley bobble head”

The second one fits three criteria: uniqueness, displayed in a museum and used in my match.com profile.  My glove signed by two Hall of Famers, Cal Ripken Jr. and Frank Robinson, at the 1989 Orioles vs. Red Wings exhibition game.

(See Alan Morrell’s Whatever happened to the Wings-O’s exhibtion games? that mentions the 1989 game.)

About six years ago, I purchased the glove from Sarah Moriaty, the owner of Utta Clutta, then on Park Avenue and now on East Main, for $25.  According to Sarah, a man going through a divorce was sorting his clutter and found the glove, signed when he was a teenager which Sarah bought. (Ouch, he next must have sold his blood to pay the divorce lawyer.)


signed by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson (Steve Finley in back)

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May 1 – June 14th, 2013 at the Rundel Library

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May 1 – June 14th, 2013 at the Rundel Library

A few weeks later, back at the store, Sarah exclaimed that I had ******* ed her on the deal.  Dear Sarah, how uncharitable, especially after I had given you some 1930s Fortune magazines for your display table — ones I never got back after you moved from Park to East Main!

Actually, I probably did ******* Sarah as the glove is worth a lot more than $25 and a lot more than the old magazines. To no avail, I did search the internet to determine its possible value  But it doesn’t matter. It’s not for sale.

I think that covers uniqueness.  How many other gloves signed by both Cal Ripken Jr. and Frank Robinson can possibly exist?

As for its historical value, the glove was displayed from May 1 – June 14th, 2013 at the Rundel Library in the Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience traveling exhibition that also included Rochester Baseball Memorabilia at Central Library.  For proof, see the letter.  So that’s the public display criteria.


Steve Finley displayed bobble head doll. Owned by Dean Tucker but held by me for safe keeping.

In addition to the glove, the exhibit also displayed a Steve Finley bobble head doll owned by Dean Tucker but held by me for safe keeping.


the match caption: “Showing Audrey beloved glove signed in Rochester by Cal Ripken” from On Match.com and niche dating sites


Audrey’s dog, TJ from Talker joins Instagram

And, finally, I use the glove in my match.com profile. See On Match.com and niche dating sites. Its purpose is to demonstrate my warm relationship with my niece (see Talker joins Instagram) and that I am a sporty guy.

What is your most prized possession?

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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