Two weeks ago, we told you about a 6-year-old who earned a lifetime pass to the Baseball Hall of Fame for donating a signed Topps baseball card. Well after donating the card, he formed a special relationship with the Major Leaguer on it.
6-year-old Cooper Brock Davis received a special gift in the mail, a baseball glove from former Major League Baseball Cardinals’ player Buddy Schultz.
“He wanted to give it to us,” Cooper said.
The family wrote a letter informing Schultz that his signed 1979 Topps card made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit, Shoebox Treasure, which is dedicated to the story of baseball cards.
“Just telling him that this is what happened with your card. Now your card is part of the permanent exhibit and within five days we get a letter back saying ‘can you give me a call?'” Cooper’s father, Bobby Davis said.
“Thanks to you, now my baseball card is now in there,” Schultz said during that phone call.
Schultz sent them back another signed card with the same message, “Love the game” and signed a picture of Cooper at the Hall of Fame in front of the donated card. When the Davis’ talked to him on the phone, he asked to send the gift.
Buddy Schultz used this mitt in his last game with the Cardinals and he decided to give it to the family after seeing how much they truly love the game.
“It gives him a memento of this time in his life just like the picture in the picture of the card in Cooperstown gives me that same memento of a special time in my life,” Schultz said.
The glove has five holes to show that it’s for Major League players because it’s the best leather they use on gloves.
“Daddy says he’s going to frame it but I just want to play catch with it,” Cooper said.
Bobby started collecting Cardinal Topps cards when Cooper was born in 2015. He started mailing letters, asking players to sign the cards and address it to Cooper. They never thought sending out letters would lead them to a new-found buddy.
Buddy Schultz and the family are also planning to meet and go to a baseball game in Phoenix, Arizona.
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