My collection mostly consist of Official Southern League Baseballs that I got a Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile AL. I also have many game used bats, hats, and jerseys! Below are just a few of my Favorite pieces of my collection!
My first ball (aka the ball that started it all) This ball was thrown to me by an unknown player warming up in the bullpen at a Mobile Baybears vs. West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx game on June 25, 2007. Who ever that pitcher was for The West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, Thank you! You ignited the spark that set the ballhawk fire in me!
2007 USA VS CHINA NATIONAL TEAM
I was given this ball by Tony Medica who was the catcher for the Team USA National team in 2007, he gave me this ball out of his catchers bag after they stomped The Republic of China 10-0 at Hank Aaron Stadium on July 22, 2007. He told me that the ball was used in Brazil 2 days before they came back to America.
MY FIRST MLB BALL
This is my first (and only) MLB ball I have ever got. It was thrown to me during BP at Turner Field when I went to see the Cardinal Take on the Braves in 2012. Diory Hernandez caught it on the hop in the outfield and turned around and threw it straight to me! As you can see in the picture the word “PRACTICE” is printed right under the MLB logo.
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT GAME USED BAT
My favorite bat in my collection by far! Paul used this bat during the 2011 season when he played for the Mobile Baybears. He posted HUGE stats while playing in Mobile with an average of .306 hitting 30 home runs with 94 RBI. He went on to win MILB player of the year and is now an all star 1st baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I got this bat from a friend of mine that worked in the gift shop at Hank Aaron Stadium. He saved it for me without me even asking. He even got it signed for me!
DIDI GREGORIUS GAME USED HAT
Didi gave me this hat and signed it after his last game he played for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in their 2012 inaugural season. He wore this hat all season for the Wahoos before being called up to AAA Louisville. Didi is now a star Shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
MONTGOMERY BISCUITS GAME WORN JERSEY
This jersey was worn by several Montgomery Biscuits players (Rays AA) over the past few seasons ranging from 2008-2012. The only player I know for sure that wore this jersey was Greg Sexton during the 2011 season but I can see where several name plates were removed and re attached from the jersey. There is a patch on the left side that has “DM” on it, this patch was sewn on every Southern League jersey during the 2012 season to honor the passing of Southern League President Don Mincher.
19 Total game used bats
Notable Game used bats: Paul Goldschmidt 2011, Didi Gregorius 2012, Derek Dietrich 2012, Marc Krauss 2012, Ollie Linton 2011 and Konrad Schmidt 2010.
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9 game used hats
Justin Greene 2013 BayBears, Didi Gregorius 2012 Wahoos, Justin Bour 2012 smokies, Dallas Beeler 2012 Smokies, (3) Casey Harman 2012 Smokies hats, (2) Michael Burgess 2012 Smokies hats.