The Lenny Green Card Is Almost Home
I’ve made some progress and now believe the 50th Anniversary, 1963 Topps Lenny Green card will be in his hands soon. When I last wrote about this project, I had just sent an email to the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to see if a staff member there could assist me. After waiting a reasonable length of time and realizing my email would remain unanswered, I picked up the telephone and called the MLBPA’s office in New York City. I was assisted by an individual who was intrigued by my story. After excusing herself to consult with another person, she returned to refer me to the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
After reaching the MLBPAA, I spoke with Nikki, a nice woman who agreed to assist. She asked me to send the card to her so she could forward it to Mr. Green and I readily agreed. I immediately sat down and wrote two letters, one to Nikki thanking her for her help, and one to Mr. Green explaining that I wanted him to have this card with nothing in return and no questions asked. My smile in the picture below reflects my belief in spirit that this will happen. To put an exclamation mark on the whole thing I wore my Minnesota Twins cap to the post office. I always liked this team, starting with Harmon Killebrew. As I recall the names Mudcat Grant, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, Frank Viola and Joe Mauer, I just smile. It’s nice to add the name Lenny Green to the list.
Today I received an email from Nikki stating that she received my letter and will send the baseball card to Mr. Green. That’s another smile to add to my Minnesota Twins lore. I can’t believe how good life can be at times.