For a fan looking to start a through the mail autograph collection,Tampa Bay Ray pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, former Montreal Expo Jeff Huson and former Kansas City Royal Willie Wilson are three players who respond to TTM requests quickly.
I received my signed Farnsworth card 20 days after mailing a request to the Tampa Bay Ray address.
I remember becoming a fan of Farnsworth when he pitched with the Chicago Cubs.
In 2005 he played for the Detroit Tigers and my favorite team, the Atlanta Braves.
He then went to the New York Yankees, back to the Tigers, then the Kansas City Royals, back to the Braves in 2010 and then off to the Rays where he is today.
In 2010 I got to see Farnsworth in Atlanta on Bobby Cox weekend.
Milestones in Farnsworth’s career include a fight in 2003, kicking an electric fan in 2004, and a bench clearing brawl in 2005.
Farnsworth has made it to post season with the Cubs, Braves and Yankees.
Huson signed and returned my 1990 Donruss card in five days.
Huson played for the Expos, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, California Angels, and the Chicago Cubs.
Today he is a commentator for the Colorado Rockies.
Wilson played for the Royals, Oakland As and the Cubs.
For a $15 fee, Wilson will sign a baseball card. Donations goes to The Willie Wilson Foundation, which assists youngsters with their baseball dreams.
Other MLB players I have sent requests to are: Latroy Hawkins, Tony Pena, Omar Vizquel, Tim Wakefield, Tommy John, Ron Gant, Bryan Harvey, Tommy Lasorda, Ray Fontenot, Jason Thompson, Leon Durham, Dave Winfield, Jay Tibbs, Mike Scioscia, Ken Howell, Eric Davis, Randy Milligan, Danny Tartabull, Joe Magrane, Roger McDowell, Rick Aguilera, Nick Esasky, Kevin Seitzer, Dave Burba, Chris Sabo, Charlie Hayes, Tommy Gregg, Junior Ortiz, Mariano Duncan, Mo Vaughn, Andy Hawkins, Howard Johnson, Matt Nokes, Julio Franco, Rick Rhoden, Rafael Palmiero, Curt Wilkerson, Tim Laudner, Wade Boggs, Mark Gardner, Kevin Appier, Greg Walker, Gary Gaetti, Glenallen Hill, Armando Benitz, Tim Hudson, Bob Tewksbury, Scot Radinsky, Gerald Perry, David Justice, Rico Brogna, Sandy Alomar, Ken Griffey Sr., Kirk Gibson, Pokey Reese, Mark Wohlers, Eric Owens, Tim Wallach, Herm Winningham, Dave Righetti, Kal Daniels, Jim Gantner, Wally Backman, Steve Lombardozzi, Todd Frohwirth, Terry Pendleton, Ron Robinson, Mike Kingery, Paul Sorrento,Craig Kimbrel, Dennis Boyd, Henry Cotto, Andrelton Simmons, Eric O’Flaherty, Steve Lyons, and Ted Power, Leo Gomez, Todd Frowirth, and Craig Kimbrel. Peter Moylan, and B.J. Surhoff.
NFL players I have tried to contact are: Luis Aguiar Ron Stone, and Antoine Winfield. Also, I have sent requests to former NBA player and current coach Darrell Walker.