How To: Priceless Autograph Books For Dummies

WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids has the interesting story of a Michigan woman collecting baseball autographs. But what makes Margaret Lapham’s collection so special is how far back the signatures go - over 100 years.

Margaret Lapham Cy Young signature

Legendary Hall of Famers like Cy Young and Rogers Hornsby have added their names to the century of pages in Lapham’s little book, which was started by her father & grandfather.

Of all the big leaguers that fill her book, which is Margaret’s favorite?

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New Schilling Rule Excluded Players From Winning Contract Incentive Awards

NEW ‘SCHILLING RULE’ KEEPS AWARDEES FROM CASHING IN Not to be outdone by his manager, Red Sox hurler Curt Schilling has caused the creation of another restrictive rule:

Curt Schilling Barbara Bush

The BOSTON GLOBE’S EXTRA BASES lays down the law that players given financial incentives to win certain awards will no longer be eligible for said awards.The Baseball Writers’ Association of America, approving the resolution on Wednesday, based the new rule on Schilling’s contract, which states that the Sox would pay their pitcher $1 million if he gets at least one Cy Young vote.

Luckily for Curt, the new rule doesn’t take affect until 2013. Meanwhile, the ‘Francona Rule‘ - limiting what managers can wear during game play - goes into action next season.

Baconator

The new ‘Schilling Rule’ will replace the previous one, which banned Baconators in the bullpen up until the 6th inning.

Schilling Receives One Million For One Cy Young Vote In 2008 Contract

SCHILLING WILL GET $1M FOR ONE 2008 CY YOUNG VOTE: Peter Abraham of the WESTCHESTER JOURNAL-NEWS is a voter for the American League Cy Young award, and he is “troubled” by an incentive in Curt Schilling’s new, one-year deal with the Red Sox:

Curt Schilling Cy Young Vote

As part of the contract’s incentives, Schilling will receive 750,000 Baconators $1M if he receives one vote for the Cy Young award. One.Abraham: “Your one vote gets him $1 million. What is keeping some writer from saying, ‘Hey, Curt, I’ll vote for you. I want $500,000.’

It’s wholly unethical. But every business has unethical people. $500,000 is serious coin for a reporter. People have gambling problems, drug problems, etc. What’s keeping Schilling from agreeing to the deal? He’s gets $500,000 he wasn’t counting on.

Curt Schilling

There are also two baseball writers in Boston who have a Cy Young vote. Wikipedia lists Steve Buckley of the BOSTON HERALD and Gordon Edes of the BOSTON GLOBE as BBWAA members. And we’re assuming Boston’s Peter Gammons has a vote as well. What’s the odds Schilling already that Trio in his Treo?