Ironclad Legends Auction II Featuring Brian Roberts Game Used Items from Final Yankee Stadium Game Ironclad Legends Auction II Oct. 24th Ė Nov. 13th, 2008 will feature Baltimore Orioles All-Star Brian Robertsís game-used items from his, and Yankee Stadiumís, historic last player at bat.
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An affiliate of Ripken Baseball, headed by Baltimore Orioles baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., Ironclad is a full-service national sports marketing company specializing in programs and services guaranteeing the authenticity of hand-signed collectibles and licensed products.
The company also holds the exclusive signature rights to both Cal Ripken Jr., inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, and former New York Yankee superstar Don "Hitman" Mattingly.
About University of Maryland Childrenís Hospital (UMHC)
Recognized statewide, and regionally, as a center of excellence for children with critical illnesses and complex, chronic conditions, UMHC combines state-of-the-art medicine with family-centered care. A respected national leader in children's health care research, UMHC explores the nature of various childhood illnesses.
The University of Maryland Hospital for Children is involved in research that explores aspects of adolescent health, behavior, disease prevention, performance and attitudes towards health care, sexuality and HIV. Their Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) is dedicated to controlling infectious diseases that afflict children and adults throughout the United States and in developing countries.
About The Vincent Greco Collection
Vincent Greco, born and raised in Baltimore during the early thirties, was a pioneer in the game of baseball. Already a professional photographer during his early forties, Vince was approached by Orioles management, Lee McPhail and Joe Hamper, to see if they could use film to evaluate the teamís performance during an actual game.
Vince, with his Bell and Howell Super 8 camera, was the first photographer to take a position in the stands to film the players as they performed. His commitment and passion paid dividends for the team, especially the coaches and individual players, who could now witness their mechanics on film for the first time.
Vince had a very close relationship with all the players spanning the 1960ís, 70ís and 80ís. Players would often visit his home for outdoor barbeques and other social functions. Vince would sometimes provide the players and coaches with great pricing on camera equipment, and they would reciprocate by giving him game used equipment such as fieldersí gloves, bats and many team signed baseballs from various years. Today, every professional team has extensive video equipment; coaches and players live by the film. Vince recently passed away but his legacy will never be forgotten. He was a true baseball pioneer.