A father, son bond has taken their love for the ball game all the way to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
A local family’s project earned them lifetime passes to the museum in New York.
“I was born a cardinals fan,” Cooper Davis, who donated a card to the Baseball Hall of Fame said.
A born cardinals fan with a lifetime pass to the baseball hall of fame. Cooper and his parents scored the passes after donating a signed 1979 Buddy Schultz Topps card to the museum.
“Some day, he’ll be able to take his kids maybe and he’ll be able to explain to them that this is something he did with his dad,” Bobby Davis, Cooper’s dad said.
Bobby saw an article about the museums new ‘shoe box treasures’ program, an exhibit dedicated to the story of baseball cards. He emailed the curator and now the card is on permanent display with his name listed as a donor.
“It was exciting because this was something I’ve done with cooper since he was three and we continue to do it,” Bobby Davis said.
Bobby started collecting Cardinal Topps cards when cooper was born as a project. One for each year, all laid out on this art canvas. In 2015, he started writing letters and mailing the cards out. Asking players to sign and address it to cooper.
What started with one baseball card and one signature has turned into has turned into 68 from 1951 to 2018. This is one of the first ones to come back and it was signed by Tito Francona.”
45 of those cards read ‘to cooper’ with different small messages.
Cooper now writes his own letters to players and mascots.
“I write one of the mascots names, like, “Fredbird, can you sign my card please,” Cooper said.
“I hope he continues to enjoy it. I hope he loves it like I love baseball and just taking it forward like that,” Bobby Davis said.
The family has made it their goal to take cooper to every baseball stadium. So far he has made it to 5.
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