Thursday, January 14, 2016

Red Sox Fan Ready To Dump Mantle/Maris Ball Again

(Photo By Ken Chowder)
A long-time Red Sox fan (now living in Copenhagen, Denmark) has had two chances at memorabilia immortality. In 1961, he was able to visit the New York Yankee home locker room and got a ball autographed by both Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. As any true Sox fan would, Ken Chowder (Glantz) used the ball to play catch with his brother—no special treatment needed. So, at age 19, he gave the "worthless" thing to his girlfriend's Dad. Fast forward 41 years. The Dad (now in his 90s) sends the ball back to Ken in The Land of Hamlet. Says Ken, "But the funny thing is that I’m still a Yankee hater.  I have kept the ball for the past 5 years, but I still don’t love Maris, Mantle, or the Yanks, and I’d like to sell it." And he will very soon—for at least $5,000. That will buy plenty of Fenway Franks.