You Don't See These Auctioned Off Every Day: Signed Dallas Eagles Balls, From '55 and '57
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The '57 team remains the most famous, perhaps, because that's when 19-year-old Willie McCovey played first base at Burnett Field. But his name doesn't appear to be among those scribbled on that team-signed ball. No matter. Others on that team are worthy of mention, among them Dick Getter, who I met years ago when working on this cover story about the Eagles -- to this day, one of the finest times I ever had reporting a story.
Dick Getter holds in his massive hand a photo of the 1957 Texas League Champion Dallas Eagles. The former outfielder -- who looks nearly as sturdy and intense as he did during his playing days -- reels off the names of his teammates as though he just stepped off the field with them: "That's Joey Amalfitano, he's third-base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers now ...That's Tony Taylor, he played in the major leagues till the 1970s ... Nick Testa, he used to be the bullpen coach for the Giants ... Joe Kotrany, he died last week."The Eagles were Dad's favorite ball club, you know. I know I'm gonna regret telling you about this.