I just saw this thread and would like to share my experience with Frank Howard.
I went to my first baseball game in 1994 at the age of 5. My dad's company has seats at Shea Stadium which are very close to the field (even closer back then before they added the luxury seats in front) and he requests them a couple games each year. My family and I were in the 3rd box from the field between home plate and the Mets' dugout. Frank Howard was a Mets coach at the time and he comes over points to me and tells my dad to bring me over. The usher wouldn't allow it but Frank talked him into it. He took a ball and signed it Frank "Hondo" Howard 1960 NL ROY. My mom took a picture of my dad holding me up on the side next to Frank.
I'll never forget getting an autographed ball at my first game ever and I owe it all to Frank.
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