Bell has been a Tigers season ticket holder since 1984 so I assume she took up the autograph hunting as a means to distract her from the pain of being a Tigers fan. But Bell took to the collecting much like my grandpa took to The Price Is Right, with a furious passion. From the Detroit News...
Bell, 83, wasn't just any autograph seeker. She often barnstormed the country to get the job done, and got addicted to the chase and sense of accomplishment generated from the 137 baseballs she had signed by players, managers and announcers since the early 1980s.Bell will auction off 136 of the 137 balls keeping a personalized one from Jack Morris. The proceeds will go to St. Jude Children's Hospital. I'm not exaggerating the impressiveness of the collection either. Here's what you could bid on if you happen to be in Novi (I think that's where Avatar took place) tomorrow night:
"People don't understand the hard work that's involved," said Bell, "and the crap you have to deal with."
Roberto Alomar, Sandy Alomar Jr., Sparky Anderson, Louis Aparicio, Steve Avery.
Jeff Bagwell, Harold Baines, Ernie Banks, Buddy Bell, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, Ray Boone, Bobby Boone, Lou Boudreau, George Brett, Brett Butler.
Miguel Cabrera, Jose Canseco, Rod Carew, Paul Carey, Joe Carter, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Will Clark, Roger Clemens, Bobby Cox.
Chili Davis, Eric Davis, Andre Dawson, Bucky Dent, Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr.
Dennis Eckersley, Jim Eisenreich, Dwight Evans, Darrell Evans.
Bob Feller, Rick Ferrell, Cecil Fielder, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Curt Flood, Whitey Ford, Travis Fryman.
Joe Garagiola, Cito Gaston, Charlie Gehringer, Bob Gibson, Kirk Gibson, Tom Glavine, Juan Gonzalez, Doc Gooden, Ken Griffey Jr., Ken Griffey Sr., Tony Gwynn.
Ernie Harwell, Rickey Henderson, John Hiller, Jim "Catfish" Hunter.
Reggie Jackson, Ferguson Jenkins, Derek Jeter.
Al Kaline, George Kell, Chuck Knoblauch.
Barry Larkin, Tommy Lasorda, Jim Leyland, Bob Lemon, Mickey Lolich.
Mickey Mantle, Juan Marichal, Dennis Martinez, Don Mattingly, Willie McCovey, Johnny Mize, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Eddie Murray, Stan Musial.
Hal Newhouser, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro.
Jim Palmer, Dave Parker, Lance Parrish, Carlos Pena, Troy Percival, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Tony Phillips, Boog Powell, Kirby Puckett.
Tim Raines, Cal Ripken Jr., Phil Rizzuto, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Pudge Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan.
Tom Seaver, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Duke Snider, Sammy Sosa, Willie Stargell, Dave Stewart, Darryl Strawberry, Rick Sutcliffe, Don Sutton.
Frank Tanana, Mickey Tettleton, Frank Thomas, Joe Torre, Alan Trammell.
Mo Vaughn, Fay Vincent, Frank Viola.
Lou Whitaker, Hoyt Wilhelm, Bernie Williams, Ted Williams, Matt Williams, Billy Williams, Maury Wills, Dave Winfield, Early Wynn.
Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount.
If that Chili Davis ball is from his Angels days, I'd be willing to go as high as $2 and the rest of this grape soda.