Seth Swirsky’s Baseball Memorabilia Collection

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2015-06-26 10:48:14

Seth Swirsky’s Baseball Memorabilia Collection is a large, private collection of baseball-related memorabilia owned by the songwriter. Seth Swirsky

Seth Swirsky (1960-present) is an American pop music songwriter, author, recording artist and noted baseball memorabilia collector.Swirsky has written songs for Celine Dion, Tina Turner and Al Green, contributed to more than 20 Gold and Platinum records and won two ASCAP song writing awards.

He has released two studio albums, ''Instant Pleasure'' and ''Watercolor Day,'' under his name and one under the name of his band, The Red Button.

Author

''Baseball Letters,'' the first of Swirsky's three books, was published in 1996. This bestseller consists of his handwritten correspondence with Major League baseball players including Ted Williams, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Whitey Ford.

''Every Pitcher Tells A Story,'' Swirsky's second book, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book consists of his correspondence with Major League baseball pitchers including Pedro Martínez, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine and 70 others.

''Something to Write Home About,'' the third book in the trilogy, consists of letters from both ballplayers and fans of the game like Sir Paul McCartney, President George W. Bush, President George H. W. Bush, Senator Ted Kennedy, journalist Tim Russert, sportscaster Bob Costas, Peter Tork of the Monkees among others.

 

The Collection

Swirsky began his baseball collection in 1995. It notably includes the famous “Mookie Ball” from Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. With the Red Sox looking certain to win the World Series, Mookie Wilson of the Mets hit a slow ground ball which slipped between the legs of Red Sox player, Bill Buckner. The iconic ball is a key piece of memorabilia, representing an historic comeback for the Mets and voted the most memorable moment in Shea Stadium history by Mets fans. Swirsky purchased the ball from actor Charlie Sheen in May 2000. It has been described as “probably one of the most important pieces of baseball memorabilia from the last half century”.

Swirsky’s collection also includes Reggie Jackson's 3rd home run ball from the 1977 World Series, Tom Seaver's 1969 World Series jersey and the only known surviving ball from the second game of Johnny Vander Meer's two consecutive no-hitters.

Another noteworthy piece is a the letter written by Baseball commissioner Kenesaw ‘Mountain’ Landis banning Shoeless Joe Jackson from playing Major League baseball for his part in throwing the 1919 World Series.

In 2009, Swirsky purchased the cap that flew off Curt Flood’s head while chasing Jim Northrup’s triple in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series.

 

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