Story adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Patty Bossort LEVEL 1
Edward Bradford loved baseball.
He liked to save things. He was a “packrat”.
He kept old baseball programs.
He kept old baseball manuals.
He kept old baseball gloves.
He kept old baseball bats.
Bradford was born in1891.
He played baseball in the early 1900’s.
He played baseball in Queen’s Park, New Westminster, B.C.
Bradford stopped playing baseball
Bradford joined the Canadian Army in the First World War.
He was wounded. He was shot in the leg.
He was not able to play baseball after the war.
What did he do?
He still loved baseball.
He became a scorekeeper. He kept score for baseball games for decades.
What did he save?
He saved things that were important to him.
He kept all the scorecards from the games.
He stored everything he saved in his attic in New Westminster.
What did his grandson do?
Gerald Thompson is Bradford’s grandson. In 2014 he sold his grandfather’s old house.
He cleaned out the old attic. He found the collection of baseball stuff.
He did not know it was valuable.
Where will they go?
Some items will be sold at auction.
Other items will go to local museums.
Some items will go to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
What is memorabilia?
The collection of items he stored is called ‘memorabilia’.
It is valuable. His memorabilia was worth saving.
Memorabilia – a collection of old things
Decades – one decade is 10 years
Attic – open space under the roof of a house.
Did you know…..
The first game of baseball was played around 1860.
The game was based on games from England called cricket and rounders.
Baseball is one of the most popular games in Canada and the United States.
Source: The U.S. Department of State and Wikipedia
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