Interest in the story ranged from the governor's office to the front office of the Dodgers baseball organization.
The story told of a glove professionally endorsed in the 1950s by former minor league baseball player Bob Bundy, how that glove was donated to the "Glove with Love" drive to help needy children, and how daughter Jayni Bundy wanted so badly to get the glove for her father to see.
He never had for himself one of the rare gloves with his name printed on it.
Here's the update:
"I had no idea," Robert said. "I had heard that Jayni's father died, but I had no idea about his connection to baseball until I read your article on the front page Thursday. We worked together as teenagers at the Tasty Freeze ice cream shop," he said.
Robert's son also played a bit of pro baseball, and they plan to gather several gloves and bring them to our office to donate to the "Glove with Love" drive for local children.
"In lieu of flowers, please donate a baseball glove to the Glove with Love drive."
They are asking friends and family to bring gloves to the funeral Saturday morning.
I suggested she could donate them to children in her area, but she insisted these would have another destination.
"You may be getting a lot of gloves coming your way," she said.
They plan to box and ship all donations to Farmington, and the family promises to help when Glove with Love is fully organized as a
nonprofit so that the idea can be incorporated into cities like Los Angeles. Volunteers in other cities such as Kansas City, Denver and Albuquerque also have expressed interest in the program.
Troy Turner is the editor of The Daily Times. He can be contacted at P.O. Box 450, Farmington, N.M. 87401; or at firstname.lastname@example.org.