Today odaily.info introduces to you a new serie called “kindest things”. And the first character is related to famous baseball player Jackie Robinson
Years ago, prominent Nebraska hotel owner A.Q. Schimmel requested baseball legend Jackie Robinson to autograph a ball for his daughter.
It was kept in a safe located in the basement of Carolyn Schimmel Magid for several decades. Following she passed away in the month of May her four children have said they’re planning to auction off the ball in an estate auction located in Omaha on the weekend.
It could earn huge sums of money. Bidding begins at $50,000.
“We’re emotional about it however, at a certain point we’d be willing to let it go,” youngest sibling Trenton Magid told. He is co-hosting along with Jeff Beals of the “Grow Omaha” show on KFAB.
Joel Ward, co-owner of Twist of Fate Estate Sales that is handling the sale this weekend says interest is already high. The marketing campaign started Monday night and since then, people throughout the world are calling.
The baseball, which is still in the original packaging, was authenticated to be authentic by Professional Sports Authenticator, the largest third-party trading and grading firm around the globe. PSA awarded it an grade of 8.5 on a 10-point scale.
“In my view this is a bit of an one-off event,” Ward said. “He’s in the same league as Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth. There’ll never again be another 41.”
Magid claimed that he and his siblings have always been aware of the ball. They gained more knowledge about its significance through the film “42,” which tells the tale of the way Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defied Major League Baseball’s color-blinding rules in signing Robinson. He was a first baseman for the Dodgers in 1947.
Robinson was able to enjoy an impressive career, and was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
The Schimmel family was the owner of four hotel that included The Cornhusker located in Lincoln as well as The Blackstone located in Omaha. A.Q. was also a huge fan of baseball and was played a key role in bringing the minor league team known as The Lincoln Athletics, to his city.
Through these connections and an ongoing business relationship with the long-time Manager of the Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack, he was capable of meeting Robinson on an official trip and ask to sign a picture for Carolyn who, like him, was a lover of baseball.
“My mom used to go to games with my dad and kept track of the results,” Magid said.
She left behind a note in which she explained how she got this baseball through her dad, which was helpful in the process of authentication.
All that information is included in the advertising for the ball. Even though it’s not connected to the Brandeis penthouse the ball will be sold during the estate sale that begins on Friday and continues until Sunday at the Brandeis building on 16th and Douglas streets.
The ball will be on display throughout the sale.
“People want to know the story behind the item, and the background story?” Ward said. “How did it end up in the possession of this family?”
Magid stated that with four siblings it’s difficult to choose which of them should own the ball. There are security concerns as well about showing it due to its significance.
He is planning to show off the ball using images instead. When offers are accepted the family, they will hold an open vote to decide the fate of the ball.
“The baseball game is unique,” he said. “I enjoy telling the story. Anything that is associated with Jackie Robinson is really cool.”