Giving the House a Home
To a certain degree, this loss is also represented within the collections of the Hall of Fame. While the Library contains a nice file of articles, a selection of photographs, and a copy of several books about the House of David, the Museum once had very little in the way of artifacts from this famous team.
The Palladino family from the Philadelphia area changed this, when they decided to make a family visit to Cooperstown. Having called the Library in advance, the staff was able to provide them with access to the archival collection on the House of David. On the day of their tour, three generations arrived for their visit, including Joe Palladino Jr., his son Joe III, and two grandsons, Joe IV and Michael Aquilino. They dropped by the Library that morning and began a nice discussion about the history of the House of David team. It was at that point that Joe Jr. revealed that had played with the team during the 1948 season, touring through upstate New York and several provinces of Canada.
The real surprise came when Joe Jr. held up a small shopping bag and asked, “Would you like to see my uniform?”
The House of David is a tremendous part of America’s 20th Century baseball story, and the family generously agreed to donate the uniform. To add some icing to this cake, Joe Jr. also included a signed baseball from his year with the team, along with several team and individual photos, and a small journal where he kept track of the game results.