#Shortstops: Dodgers signed their way into history
Digital Preservation Project
Years later, when the donor had grown up and started a family of his own, he came home one night to discover that the sheet of autographs was missing. He kept the sheet in a picture frame on a high shelf, most likely so that it wouldn’t be damaged. Later that evening, while eating supper with his family, the donor began his investigation into where the document had gone.
Soon enough, one of his sons confessed. He had taken it to school with him for his class’s show-and-tell day. The document was returned, unharmed, but who can really blame him for wanting to show off this sheet of autographs?
The donor ultimately decided that the document was not particularly safe in a house full of children. In 1975, after some thought and consideration, in which one of his sons believes was “to preserve the historical documents of baseball and allow this document to be available for future research, as well as fan appreciation,” he drove to Cooperstown and came to the Hall of Fame, where he offered to donate the document to the Library. It was accepted and has been preserved and cared for ever since.