A surprisingly wide variety of sports autographs are on the shelves of William & Mary's in the small west Georgia town of Hogansville. From current stars to hall of famers to Negro League standouts can be found here. There are autographed photos, balls, sports cards and more. You'll find Kentucky Derby Glasses, bobblehead dolls galore together with hard to find pieces of sports memorabilia.

A word about my autographs. Most of the autographs for sale at William and Mary's have been obtained by me personally. The remainder were acquired from reputable dealers long known to me and who enjoy outstanding reputations in the industry. I personally guarantee my autographs to be authentic. Therefore if you are not satisfied with your autograph purchase, for any reason, simply return it within 60 days together with your original receipt and you will receive a 100% refund, no questions asked.

At William and Mary's you will find one of the most extensive collections of Olympic memorabilia in Georgia. From St Louis, 1904 to the present a variety of both common and unusual pieces can be found here.

The World Famous Eddie Stanky Museum

Who was Eddie “The Brat” Stanky and why does he have a museum in Hogansville? The first question is easy. Eddie was a professional baseball player who played 2nd base for the Cubs, Dodgers, Braves, Giants and the Cardinals over an 11 year playing career. He also was the manager of the St Louis Cardinals, the Chicago White Sox and, for 1 day, the Texas Rangers. He is most remembered for being the 2nd baseman for the Dodgers when Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball in 1947. That first year Jackie played 1st base and Eddie played 2nd. The next year Eddie was traded to Boston and Jackie moved to 2nd base. After his playing career Eddie became the baseball coach at the University of South Alabama in Mobile taking them from not having a baseball program to two appearances in the College World Series.

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The second question is also easy but a bit more obscure. You see, Eddie is my cousin, once removed. I started collecting memorabilia from Eddie at a very young age. In 1951 I attended a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Giants with Eddie’s mother. After the game we went down to the Giants locker room and Eddie gave me a ball autographed by all the Giants. But not just any ball. It was Willie Mays’ first game in the major leagues and as Mays stated in his autobiography, “I went O for 5 and after the game I felt like I didn’t belong. Then Eddie Stanky gave me a baseball to sign and I knew I was in the major leagues.” That baseball, along with other pieces of baseball history can be seen in the Eddie Stanky museum located in William & Mary’s Antiques and collectibles in Hogansville.

text by Bill Stankiewicz, Mayor of Hogansville

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