Anthony D’Andrea rarely attended ballgames as a kid because he didn’t have the money for a ticket. BaseballBut that didn’t keep him from hanging around Yankee Stadium—especially during the summer when he would try to collect autographs.

In 1943, as the Yankees were on a quest for a World Series title, D’Andrea went on a quest of his own, to getting the entire team to sign his baseball.

At StoryCorps he tells his daughters, Mary (left) and Monica (right), about his younger days autograph hunting in the Bronx.

Originally aired April 7, 2006, on NPR’s Morning Edition.