Man gets back baseball glove lost in Buffalo decades ago


IN THE FOUND IT ON 4 SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE — WIVB DOT COM. A MAN FROM BUFFALO WHO HAD NOT SEEN HIS BASEBALL GLOVE IN DECADES NOW HAS IT BACK. IT IS ALL THANKS TO A COMPANY FROM CALIFORNIA — AND A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK. TONIGHT, NEWS 4’S ERICA BRECHER LEARNED WHY THE GLOVE MEANS SO MUCH TO HIM. LUKE BOCKENSTETTE AND ROBBIE ARONSON MAKE LEATHER WALLETS OUT OF BASEBALL GLOVES IN CALIFORNIA. ((THE REASON WE RUN THIS BUSINESS IS BECAUSE WE HAVE A DEEP PASSION FOR THE GAME)) THEY BOTH PLAYED GROWING UP. WHEN THEY GOT AHOLD OF SOME GLOVES FROM A COLLECTOR THAT HAD NAMES STILL WRITTEN ON THEM…THEY DECIDED TO TRY AND FIND THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF ONE THAT HAD BOTH A NAME AND” AN ADDRESS. THE NAME SAID DONALD STRASH. ((BASEBALL HAS JUST BEEN IN MY BLOODLINE, IT’S BEEN SOMETHING THAT MY DAD AND I SHARED TOGETHER EVERY SIGNLE DAY OF MY LIFE. SO THE IDEA THAT IF I COULD EVER GET YM DAD’S GLOVE…IF I COULD EVER FIND YM DAD’S GLOVE, IT WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF MY LIFE.)) ((THE ADDRESS HELPED THEM FIND THE RIGHT DONALD STRASH. THE GLOVE SAID 694 HUMBOLDT PARKWAY, PRESUMABLY HERE WHERE A HOUSE ONCE STOOD AND WHERE MR. STRASH USED TO LIVE.)) ((I LEFT BUFFALO AFTER THE BLIZZARD OF ’77. AND US, SO THAT GLOVE…I WAS PROBABLY 8, 9 , 10 YEARS OLD THE LAST I SAW IT.)) IT TURNS OUT, MR STRASH’S FAMILY MOVED, AND EVENTUALLY HE WENT TO CALIFORNIA…ALLOWING THE OWNERS OF FIELDER’S CHOICE GOODS TO RETURN HIS GLOVE IN PERSON. ((I HAVEN’T SEEN IN 60 YEARS.)) ((SEEING MR. STRASH’S FACE WHEN WE PRESENTED THAT TO HIM JUST SOLIDIFIED MY FEELINGS OF LIKE, THERE IS STILL THAT PASSION FIR NOSTALGIA AROUND A GAME OF BASEBALL.)) ((I DON’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I SAW IT, BUT I CAN REMEMBER PLAYING CATCH WITH MY DAD AND MY GRANDFATHER ON THAT.)) ((DONALD SAYS HE’S EXCITED TO SHARE THE NOSTALGIC DISCOVERY WITH HIS FAMILY.)) ((I HAVE A GREAT GRANDSON NOW THAT’S EIGHT, AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING HIM. THEY LIVE UP IN UTAH, AND TAKING THE GLOVE UP THERE AND PLAYING CATCH WITH HIM.)) …WHICH FITS IN NICELY WITH LUKE AND ROBBIE’S PHILOSOPHY ON HONORING THE HISTORY OF THE GAME. FIELDER’S CHOICE GOODS, WHICH LET NEWS 4 USE THEIR PHOTOS, IS NOW WORKING ON GETTING GLOVES BACK TO TWO MORE PEOPLE FROM FREDONIA

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