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Can anyone tell me whose autograph this is? I got this as a kid and it's definitely a national league player as it's on a national league ball. would have been in the mid-late 90s when I got it signed.

Autographed Baseball

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Boy that's a tough one! I thought maybe I could make out Corey Koskie... but he was in the AL. If you get the first name, you can try a search on www.baseball-reference.com and see who comes up. I've envisioned that being maybe Casey or Joey or Jay or Larry. But man, so hard to tell... Ben's right, there's not one absolutely clear letter, and that makes it tough. So idea what team? – JeopardyTempest Feb 19 '14 at 22:12
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Any chance the signature is upside-down in the photo? If you look at it upside-down, it almost looks like it ends in "Jr." – Ben Miller Feb 20 '14 at 16:54
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What ballpark did you get it in? – Jacob G Feb 20 '14 at 18:02
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I immediately thought Corey Koskie as well; it's close to some versions of his autograph that I found online, but he played for the Twins & Jays (AL) from 1998-2005, and one year with the Brewers (NL) in 06. I even tried tweeting him.. his reply was "no idea". – mikejeep Mar 5 '14 at 4:31
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Matt, by what team or where were you living near as a kid? – Chrismas007 Nov 25 '14 at 19:58

I went to a baseball autograph database (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/automenu.shtml); then I wrote a script that would hide all players that didn't play during the time frame in question. (I even granted several years leeway both ways).

Then I looked at the autographs of everyone (A-Z, both leagues) who had an I or J in their last name. I may have missed some, because that part I did by visually scanning the page ( there are quite a lot of players from that time frame ). The only player who I thought was even close was Todd Zeile, and he wasn't all that close.

If anyone is interested I can post the script here, and you can try what I did. For now however; I am (with much regret) concluding that there is something being overlooked in the OP's memory.

Could it have been a Spring Training game (and the signer a minor leaguer who didn't make it to the show in that time period)? Maybe a coach who was a former player; and the OP remembered it that way? Worse - maybe the image is a reverse negative of the autograph of a career minor leaguer who, while acting as a temporary bench coach, liked to pretend that he really was his all time favorite player - none other than the famous Corey Koskie!!

My point is that while I may have missed a few, I looked at most Everybody who fit the bill, and I feel safe concluding that whoever signed that ball wasn't a major leaguer in the time frame specified.

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Just because it's a National League Baseball doesn't mean the player has to be, someone could have brought their own ball to be signed. The dot above the end of signature would seem to mean "i" at end of the name which would fit Koskie. I did a google image search of Corie Koskie autograph, but inconclusive.

https://www.google.com/search?q=corey+koskie+autograph&biw=1536&bih=729&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=FYGIVJSbG5HfoATUtIEI&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ#facrc=&imgdii=&imgrc=-PCBiSpESAAaPM%253A%3Bx3uyldzcqWUBVM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.grandstandsports.com%252Fimages%252F12499.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.grandstandsports.com%252Fgsm%252Fitem_12499_1.asp%3B400%3B355

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Too many differences. But I see where you were going with the letters from the O.P.'s ball. Also, somebody tweeted Koskie in the comments of the question: "even tried tweeting him.. his reply was "no idea"" – Chrismas007 Dec 29 '14 at 17:36

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