Old Guy Publishes Albert Pujols' Home Address, NY Times Glowingly Reports

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You may recall the brouhaha that ensued last month when Riverfront Times published the home addresses of a handful of St. Louis Cardinals personalities in our 2009 All-Star Game special supplement.

Today someone forwarded me a link to a New York Times story that hit, uh, close to home.

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Reporter Michael S. Schmidt writes that Jack Smalling, the 68-year-old author of The Baseball Autograph Collector's Handbook (now in its 15th edition), has assembled the home addresses of almost 8,000 current and former major league ballplayers, "from Aardsma (David) to Zimmer (Thomas) -- with Bench (Johnny), Mays (Willie) and Pujols (Albert) in between."

Smalling's book, Schmidt informs us,
...goes out into a different world from earlier editions, one fearful of online and offline stalkers, and more protective of dwindling privacy. Just last month, Major League Baseball revoked the All-Star Game credentials of a St. Louis publication after it printed the home addresses of some current and former players.

But Mr. Smalling, laboring in his Ames basement, seems oblivious to the paranoia of the Internet age.

"They are not buying the book to go see these people," he said. "They are just going to write them a letter.

"If you wanted to do any harm and go to their house and mess them up, you wouldn't need my book. You could just find it on your own."
You don't say!

Sure enough, Schmidt reveals, Mr. Smalling put his big list together the same way RFT put together our little one: via searches of public records.

But whereas Mr. Smalling's hard work is rewarded by a tidy Times writeup, ours met with a castigating phone call from the Rebirds' media-relations crew and the revocation of our press credentials.

That little spanking was followed by a flogging from the righteous vituperation engine that is the Internet.

Some highlights:
If he doesn't like having his credential taken away, perhaps Finkel would prefer Pujols and a couple of his Cardinals teammates get Finkel's address and follow him home.
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The ass hole needs to be fired!!!!!
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WITH ALL THIS BAD NEWS GOING AROUND THAT PROFFESIONALS PLAYERS ARE RANDOMLY GETTING SHOT AT IN THE WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME AND THEN THIS IDIOT PUTS THEIR ADDRESS IN THE NEWS WHAT AN IDIOT REMEMBER TOM FINKEL, TOM FINKEL SO PEOPLE KNOW WHERE HE LIVES AND SEE HOW IT FEELS TO BE STALKED
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Well, first of all for anyone out there who says that you can pick up a phone book and find out where these players live... are you that stupid? Really? Unlisted phone number, house purchased using a numbered company so no, it is not in the records. Finkel is a punk.
The Riverfront Times is a shit hole paper.

Everyone in StL knows that they have to give it away - because if they tried to sell it they would go out of business.

It has no redeeming socail value or journalistic integrity.

The response to criticism? Filthy insults.
That sums up that rag perfectly.
Right after I post this, I'm gonna order me up a copy of The Baseball Autograph Collector's Handbook (a steal at only $22.50!).

Won't take but a jiffy -- the New York Times was kind enough to publish Mr. Smalling's address.

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