I was 8 years old and visiting my favorite uncle in Charlotte, North Carolina. Uncle George had older twin daughters but no son. There is where I entered the scene. I was the nephew he loved to buy for and to spoil.
On one particular visit we attended an exhibition baseball game featuring the 1954 Cincinnati Reds.
Uncle George had a great idea. We would go early to maybe get some autographs. We did so and I received the autographs of Roy McMillian, Gus Bell, Wally Post, Ted Kluszewski, Joe Nuxhall, Johnny Temple and Reds manager, Jimmy Dykes.