Why Is The Country's Largest Auction House Selling A "Ty Cobb Signed"…

Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas is currently offering a "miracle ball": a "1959 Exceptional Ty Cobb single signed baseball." (UPDATE, 6:40 EST: They pulled the auction. Screengrab is here.) The auction house listing describes the official Little League ball as, "Perhaps the finest we've ever encountered, this… » 3/09/12 6:00pm 3/09/12 6:00pm

The Say Hey Id: Willie Mays Was A Reluctant Letter-Writer, But He…

Here's one of Willie Mays's charming love letters to his then-girlfriend, former beauty queen Gladys Cofield. This would've been in the first half of the 1950s, though the exact date isn't clear. At the time, Mays was smitten with the former Jet covergirl and fawned over the pretty photographs she sent him as he… » 7/19/11 4:05pm 7/19/11 4:05pm

The Time The KKK Politely Asked For A "Klan Day" At The Reds' Ballpark

These four letters procured by Deadspin's house MLB archivist, Pete Nash, show that the Ku Klux Klan wrote polite letters and were extremely generous about their flower boquets. At least that was the case in 1924. » 4/21/11 6:00pm 4/21/11 6:00pm

The Messy History Of Charlie Sheen's "Winning" Ring

As part of his relentless media odyssey this week, Charlie Sheen introduced himself to Twitter with a message that had a Chappelle-esque, "Kiss the rings, bitches" quality to it. It was an image of Sheen's shimmering 1927 World Series ring that was once worn by another winner with an equally insatiable appetite for… » 3/04/11 12:45pm 3/04/11 12:45pm