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Thursday, February 7, 2019
Mourning a Legend
Frank was the last of the Orioles Hall of Famers that I hadn't "met". I use quotations there, because I still count being shoulder bumped by Earl Weaver meeting him.
I was lucky enough that my good friend, Ryan, was working on an Orioles Hall of Fame project, and needed Frank on a baseball. He paid for me to go to the signing at this past year's National, and I would be able to meet Frank in exchange for getting Ryan's ball signed. I'm so glad I was able to take advantage of that opportunity.
Furthermore, while I was waiting to have the ball signed, I saw Frank's wife sitting next to him looking bored. All of the fans would greet Frank, tell him how great he was, how they were big fans, but no one would speak to her. So, I said hello to her and asked her if she was having a good day. It looked like it took her by surprise, but she thanked me for asking her. She asked me my name, where I was from. She told me her name, and what she did. That she was enjoying the show. She was such a super nice lady. I can't help but think of her, and hope that she can find comfort and peace in this difficult time. Her husband is no longer suffering from the bone cancer that took him so quickly. He is definitely loved, and will be missed by the countless fans he won over the years. I'm so happy that I got the opportunity to meet him (and her), and I will always remember him fondly.
Rest in peace, Frank, you truly are one of the all-time greats.
Thanks Ryan for buying the voucher that allowed me to meet him, and thanks Michael for the great photos.