|From 1981, better days...|
The world has batted him around since his last days in the majors (1986 Expos).
However, he sounds ready for a comeback. I'm grateful to collector Kohei Nirengi, who shared his note from the former Cub (who autographed the card Kohei enclosed):
"Thanks so much for asking for my autograph. It makes me feel special. I used to have a 97 mph fastball and a curve that would, what we say, drop off the table. I was pitching in the era that money was not what it is today.
As far as my health, last year I had major surgery to remove my entire colon from cancer. So my health is not too good. I was an electrician which I lost. And my house, my dog of 7 yrs. I am living with a friend.
It would be highly appreciated if you could help in any way. It's difficult, very difficult for me and my life. Because I was always very strong. Thanks so much.
451 Basket Rd.
Oley, PA 19547-9245"
I contacted the Baseball Assistance Team on the hurler's behalf.
I'm sharing the news with the belief that George Riley wants to sign. He wants to be remembered. He hasn't demanded a specific fee per signature.
He appears in the 1981 Topps and Donruss sets. Please, send him a donation with your letter. Send him some hope.
Coming Friday: Author-illustrator Matt Tavares shares his Red Sox admiration with young readers.