We all know that getting baseball autographs is a pretty cool
Check the bottom of this page for addresses to all current Major League ball parks.
Way back in 1975, after a Phillies/Pirates game at Veterans Stadium in
Philadelphia, I just happened to be standing outside the Pirates' locker
room after the game. As they came out to leave, I got several of them to
sign my Pirates banner. I got Dave Parker, Manny Sanguillen and Richie
Hebner. After that we always waited for the players after the game.
These days, the players don't just come walking out to the parking lot.
Their parking lot is under the stadium and off limits to us. This makes
getting autographs after a game nearly impossible.
Some players will sign
an autograph before the game if you can get close enough. Or, you can plunk
down some money for one at a card show.
An alternative is to get
autographs by mail. First let me say that if you are trying to get Alex
Rodriguez or Manny Ramirez to sign an autograph by mail, it probably won't
happen. These caliber of stars get more mail than you can imagine.
it's a Shane Victorino, Andre Ethier or Aaron Rowand autograph you want,
you might stand a chance.
Every player is different. Some enjoy the whole
autograph thing and others just don't want to be bothered.
you do. We'll use Shane Victorino for this example. First, get a baseball
card or something that you would like Shane to sign for you. Put it in a
plastic sleeve to protect it in the mail.
Get some of those 3X5 inch index
cards. On the index card write a short request to Shane explaining that you
would appreciate an autograph very much. Tell him that you have been
following his career and congratulate him on the game winning hit he
just got (or the throw he made or the base he stole last night, etc.). Thank him in advance for the autograph.
you will need two envelopes.
Take the first one and write your name and
address on it. Write your return address in the upper left hand corner,
too. Don't forget to put a stamp on this envelope. Set this envelope aside
Take the other envelope and address it to Shane.
c/o The Philadelphia Phillies
One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Write your return address on this envelope also. Take the card in the
plastic sleeve and the envelope with your address and stamp on it and
place it neatly in the second envelope. Seal it and mail it to Shane.
Most players will accomodate you. They'll open your letter,
quickly sign your card, put it in your return envelope and hand it to the
club house guy to mail. Just don't be disapointed if you don't receive an
answer. Major League players get requests for stuff all the time.
One other obvious suggesstion is to send for an autograph during baseball season since the players aren't at the stadiums in the off season.
the coolest autographs I got was the late Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas.
A few years ago I created two of my Great American Baseballs for
Harry. One was of him and the other was his long time friend and partner,
Richie Ashburn. I packed them up and mailed them to Harry Kalas. I didn't ask for anything in return.
Two months later a got a letter from
Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia. Inside was a hand written
letter and an autographed photo from Harry Kalas himself!
So go ahead and give it a try. You'll probably have better luck getting
autographs by mail than you will at the ball park.
I've gathered the
addresses for all of the current Major League ball parks in alphabetical order so you can get
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401 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
755 Hank Aaron Drive
Atlanta, GA 30315
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Boston Red Sox
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Chicago White Sox
U.S. Cellular Field
333 West 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Great American Ball Park
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
2401 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
2001 Blake Street
Denver, Colorado 80205-2000
2100 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Land Shark Stadium
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Kansas City Royals
One Royal Way
Kansas City, Missouri 64129-6969
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, California 92806
Los Angeles Dodgers
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, California 90090
1 Brewers Way
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214
3rd Ave. N, between 5th St. N and 7th St. N
New York Mets
126th St. & Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, New York 11368
New York Yankees
East 161st Street & River Avenue
Bronx, New York
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, California 94621
Citizens Bank Park
One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
115 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212
St. Louis Cardinals
700 Clark Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
San Diego Padres
100 Park Boulevard
San Diego, California
San Francisco Giants
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
1516 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
Tampa Bay Rays
1 Tropicana Drive
St. Petersburg, Florida 33705
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Toronto Blue Jays
1 Blue Jays Way
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J3
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
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