Sunday, April 27, 2003

He's found the ticket to great memories

Prize possessions

By Marsie Hall Newbold
Enquirer contributor

[IMAGE] Steve Long has been collecting ticket stubs for 20 years.
(Tony Jones photo)
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Who: Steve Long, 39, of Pleasant Ridge, a mail carrier for the Hamilton County clerk of courts.

On display: His collection of ticket stubs, mostly from baseball games but including the Indianapolis 500, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, an Army-Navy game, the World Cup and Graceland.

Where: In a framed display hanging over the television in his living room. Long has been collecting ticket stubs for what he estimates to be 20 years. He can't remember which ticket was his first, but he says that it was probably from a Cincinnati Reds game at Riverfront Stadium.

Under glass: "About two years ago," he says, "I was off work for a year and a half with a knee injury. I was just staring at the walls, looking for something to do. So I started looking through all the junk I had collected and realized that I had a tremendous number of ticket stubs. I put them together and my friend Tish Williams of Browning's of Wyoming framed them for me."

Conversation piece: The artfully arranged collection garners many compliments. He says that everyone who visits his home takes notice.

The tickets vary in color and most bear team logos, pictures of the stadium or the skyline of the city where the event took place.

"It's kind of neat to look at them," he adds. "Other people take pictures on their vacations. I collect ticket stubs. All I have to do is look at them and I can remember most of what happened. Sometimes I can't remember who won or lost, but I know who I went with and where we went afterwards."

Memory maker: Long enjoys the experience of attending baseball games almost as much as the games themselves.

"I like seeing the different nuances of the stadiums," he says. "Everyone is different as far as sightlines, attractions and the neighborhoods surrounding them. I like the mom-and-pop type restaurants and bars."

His favorite stadium is Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The last roundup: "My goal is to visit every Major League Baseball park in the U.S. and Canada," he says. "Hopefully, by this time next year I will have been to Milwaukee and Houston. At least, I'm 90% sure."

After that, "I have six more to go." They are Pro Player Stadium (Miami), Tropicana Field (Tampa-St. Petersburg), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego), Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles), the Metrodome (Minneapolis) and Yankee Stadium (New York).

Share your prize possessions with Marsie Hall Newbold by mail: c/o The Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202; e-mail: marsolete Please include a daytime telephone number.

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