Unknown-2Even if you are a huge sports fan, and baseball fan in particular, if you live outside of Cincinnati, Ohio you may never have heard of the Green Diamond Gallery.  Over the last 7-8 years a baseball fan, collector & businessman,
Bob Crotty decided to go all out in establishing a one of a baseball museum, and a one-of-a kind club for sports enthusiasts.  Bob was noted as saying recently in a local interview, “I became a collector as a youngster, and I got it bad.  Once I became successful in business I went all out”.

The Gallery is where I’ve accepted a speaking engagement Thursday, November 12th.  I’ve been there before for a special fundraiser and meet and greet, and I’ll tell you what—-I’ve seen some spectacular collections of memorabilia outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown before, but this place is near the top of the listGreenDiamond. I read that Bob recently acquired a bat of the infamous “Shoeless Joe Jackson.”  Jackson was the guy involved in the 1919 Black Sox World Series scandal.  I want to see that bat!  He also has memorabilia from nearly everyone, including the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gherig, to men from the Negro Leagues, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron, and of course the Big Red Machine.  When Jeff Idelson, President of the Hall of Fame says this collection and its surroundings is special, you’d best believe it is.

Mr. Crotty knew his burgeoning collection couldn’t be housed in his own home, plus he wanted to be able to exhibit what he’d acquired with the public.  Hence, he used innovation and creativity and created a kind of club, with a few hundred subscribing members.  Then he began to rent the hall out for special events; and finally, developed a charitable fundraising component to give back to the local community for the benefit of underserved, disabled and sick youth.

So, once a month these members can attend for food and drink and Q & A with some of baseball’s most important and interesting people.  Well guess what?  November is my month in the spotlight.  I look forward to addressing and interacting with this Cincinnati crowd.  They did a great job with the All Star Game this year, and they’ve always been a very knowledgeable and friendly group.  Talking to them in this unique, one of a kind environment will be special.  I look forward to seeing them in the Queen City soon.