Oregon library finds historical Whatcom keepsake in lost-and-found

whatcom county champs baseball found at newberg or library
Baseball located in a lost-and-found at the Newberg Public Library in Newberg Oregon. Source: Newberg Public Library

Staff at the Newberg Public Library in Newberg Oregon say they found a unique baseball in their library’s lost-and-found last Friday. The baseball is covered with several handwritten signatures below the caption, “Whatcom County Champs 1952.”

Library staff took to social media with photos of the find asking for assistance in identifying the baseball’s owner, “It would be great to return it to the family of the person that lost it.” They added, “We’re still wondering how it got here at the library in the first place!”

Baseball located in a lost-and-found at the Newberg Public Library in Newberg Oregon. Source: Newberg Public Library
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Library staff say their best guesses at the names on the baseball include:

  • Glen Gotze
  • Howard Jobason
  • George Kramer
  • Bob Suggs
  • Harvey Potter
  • Doyle Jensen
  • Norm Lowery
  • Howard Cole
  • Abie Kramer
  • Jerry Corderman
  • Stan Kinley
  • Harold ?????
  • Gordon K ????

At least one of the names, Bob Suggs, has been traced back to a Ferndale native by a commenter on social media.

Anyone with information about the baseball’s history and owner can contact the Newberg Public Library by phone at (503) 538-7323 or by email to nplibrary@newbergoregon.gov.

UPDATE 9/1/18:

After considering the FHS class of ’52 school photos on display at Cedars Restaurant, here is a revised list of who likely signed this baseball. Lower certainty for those labeled underclassmen.

Glen Gorze (class of ’52)
Howard Johnson (class of ’52)
George Kramer (underclass?)
Bob Suggs (class of ’52)
Harvey Pottle (class of ’52)
Doyle Jensen (underclass?)
Norm Lowery (underclass?)
Howard Cole (class of ’52)
Abie Kramer (underclass?)
Jerry Corderman (class of ’52)
Stan Kinley (class of ’52)
Harold (Erickson? class of ’52)
Gordon K? (Remier? class of ’52)

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