By Hector Cantú
Chicago is a great collecting town, and few people reflect this more than cover subject Grant DePorter. As CEO of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group and the Chicago Sports Museum, DePorter is a loyal curator of Windy City sports artifacts.
From the Editor
After his beloved Cubs’ heartbreaking loss in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series, the restaurant executive paid nearly $114,000 for the game’s infamous Foul Ball (he prefers not using the media’s “Bartman Ball” label) and promptly blew it up. “My intention,” he tells Intelligent Collector contributing editor Barbara Conn, “was to destroy the ball and provide a cathartic release for Cub fans.”
Mission accomplished. Read more about this remarkable collector – and where that foul ball is now on display – here.
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HECTOR CANTÚ is Editor and Publisher of The Intelligent Collector magazine.