Ryne Sandberg’s baseball basement a tribute to his 16-year career – Chicago Tribune
Ryne Sandberg’s basement is a treasure trove of baseball curios and tributes to his 16-year career.
- The Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman has his nine Golden Glove arranged pyramid style on a wall
- There’s a three-dimensional painting for Sandberg which he views through 3D movie glasses
- A rhinoceros figurine in a Cubs uniform (“Ryno,” get it?) stands guard by the fireplace
- Sandberg keeps old gloves in a bookcase with awards, bobbleheads and other knick-knacks
You could easily overlook one framed letter, tucked in the corner of the game room behind a ping pong table, but it’s location doesn’t make it any less important to Sandberg.
It’s a letter from Harry Caray, who wrote Sandberg to say that he and Stan Musial were his favorite players of all time.
“(It) talks about me being a quarterback in high school and giving it up to play baseball, and it also says that I’d be in the Hall of Fame one day,” Sandberg said. “He saw all my games played. So it was coming from a guy that saw a lot of players, so he ranked me up with one of the best that he had seen. So, a very great honor.”