It took former Boston Red Sox first baseman Dave Stapleton 1,167 days to return an autograph card to me.
It is the third longest wait I have had next to Bob Tewksbury, who took 1,851 days, and GlenAllen Hill who took 1,285 days.
There is an added twist to the story, a mistake that I made which resulted in this great return.
When I mailed Stapleton a card, I erroneously sent him a card of former Milwaukee pitcher Dave Stapleton.
I’m still stunned I made such a mistake as I always liked Boston’s Stapleton and his 1981 Donruss card was one of the first card I remember adding to my collection.
I sent the Brewer’s card and a note wishing the pitcher happy holidays.
What I received back four years later is an autograph from Boston’s Stapleton and a note highlighting my error, signed by Boston’s Stapleton and citing that he played for Boston 1980-1986 #11.
I have since checked
and realized that there isn’t an address for the former Brewer’s pitcher.
I hate the error I made but I love the result.
Thank you to Boston’s Dave Stapleton.
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Other big league players I have attempted to contact for a TTM autograph include: Latroy Hawkins, Tony Pena, Omar Vizquel, Tim Wakefield, Tommy John, Ron Gant, Bryan Harvey, Tommy Lasorda, Ray Fontenot, Jason Thompson, Leon Durham, Dave Winfield, Jay Tibbs, Mike Scioscia, Ken Howell, Eric Davis, Randy Milligan, Danny Tartabull, Joe Magrane, Roger McDowell, Rick Aguilera, Nick Esasky, Kevin Seitzer, Dave Burba, Chris Sabo, Charlie Hayes, Tommy Gregg, Junior Ortiz, Mariano Duncan, Mo Vaughn, Andy Hawkins, Howard Johnson, Matt Nokes, Julio Franco, Rick Rhoden, Rafael Palmiero, Curt Wilkerson, Tim Laudner, Wade Boggs, Mark Gardner, Greg Walker, Gary Gaetti, Armando Benitz, Tim Hudson, Scot Radinsky, Gerald Perry, Rico Brogna, Sandy Alomar, Ken Griffey Sr., Kirk Gibson, Pokey Reese, Mark Wohlers, Eric Owens, Tim Wallach, Herm Winningham, Dave Righetti, Kal Daniels, Jim Gantner, Wally Backman, Steve Lombardozzi, two requests to Todd Frohwirth, Terry Pendleton, Ron Robinson, Paul Sorrento, Craig Kimbrel, Dennis Boyd, Craig Kimbrel, Peter Moylan, B.J. Surhoff, Butch Huskey, Tom Herr, Jim Deshaies, Brady Anderson, Mike Lieberthal, Walt Weiss, Hal Morris, Chili Davis, Tim Spehr, David McCarty, Mark Langston, John Farrell, Storm Davis, Stan Javier, Tom Brookens, Rick Honeycutt, Mike Krukow, Billy Hatcher, Don Schulze, Steve Wilson, Tim Teufel, Davey Johnson, Keith Lockhart, Willis Otanez, Webster Garrison, Juan Berenguer, Lenny Harris, Howard Johnson, Steve Karsay, Kent Mercker, Lance Lynn, Ben Zobrist, Kevin Siegrist, Jeff Treadway, Joe Carter, Tim Leary, Brian McRae, George Bell, Rance Mulliniks, and a second card to Tom Brookens, Jose DeLeon, Vernon Wells, Kevin Bass, Mark Loretta, Eric Hinske, Dave Anderson, Julian Tavarez, Bruce Fields, Jose Dejesus, Storm Davis, second attempt; Greg Cadaret, Don Robinson, three cards, Rick Wrona, Juan Samuel, Dwayne Henry, Tom Prince, Chad Ogea, Mark Williamson, Mark Clark, Paul O’Neill, Billy Spiers, and Brian Harper.
NFL players I have tried to contact are: Luis Aguiar Ron Stone, Antoine Winfield, and Herschel Walker.
Also, I have sent requests to former NBA player Darrell Walker.