Delray Beach Restaurateur Donates Rare Baseball Memorabilia to Library

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Remember the good ole days of baseball with legends – Don Larsen, Carl Hubbell and Bobby Shantz? Well now you don’t have to travel too far to take a stroll down baseball memory lane. Fran Marincola, longtime Delray Beach resident and co-owner of the ocean front restaurant landmark Caffé Luna Rosa, recently donated his rare baseball photograph collection to the Delray Beach Public Library. Photos include a rare signed black and white photo of Don Larsen from that perfect day October 8, 1956, Yankee Stadium – where he pitched the first perfect game in a World Series and only the sixth in history. “Memorabilia like this is all over the internet for sale and who knows if it is real or not,” said Marincola. “I did not want my authentic collection in the hands of just anyone who would not appreciate the sentiment of the memories of these hall- of-famers. So why not display them for the community to enjoy and reflect.” So Marincola donated them to the Delray Beach Public Library. “We found the perfect location to mount the collection so everyone in the community can enjoy the memories, learn about the past and remember some of the old-timers of baseball,” said Alan Kornblau, Library Director. “There are a lot of places Fran could have donated them to a sports bar, or even sold them; so to donate them to the library is special.” “As part of our mission, the library strives to provide the public with dynamic collections and this certainly falls into that category, honoring America’s pastime.”

Marincola purchased the collection a few years ago by a longtime baseball memorabilia collector, James Murray, who passed away and was a longtime customer of Luna Rosa. “I knew when I purchased them they were a priceless memento of a time long past and if you grew up in the east coast in the 1940’s and 50’s, as I did, you have vivid memories of watching these legends play,” said Marincola. The collection is free to enjoy and can be found hanging at the library located at 100 West Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. The Library is open Mon-Wed: 9am – 8pm • Thurs-Sat: 9am – 5pm • Sun: 1pm – 5pm. For more information call (561) 266-0194.