The Lost Art of Penmanship

Towards the end of the summer, I decided to pick out some of the better pictures I’d taken at Reading Phillies games this year, and see if I could get them autographed. This isn’t too difficult an endeavor at Reading – obviously it’s much smaller than major league ballparks, and the players have to actually walk across the public concourse to get from the clubhouse to the field. Out of eight photos, I managed to get four of them signed.

Judging by the resulting signatures, baseball players do not place much of a premium on good handwriting. Their grade-school teachers would be appalled!

Good thing these signatures are on photos, and not something generic, like a ball. Otherwise, I might be hard-pressed after a few months to identify the player in question. Here they are, in descending order of legibility.

Sergio Escalona

auto escalona.jpgSergio at least seems to have tried to get most of the letters in there. The S and E are pretty obvious, accompanied by a bunch of other squiggles. Sergio has since been called up to the parent Phillies, to help bolster the injury-plagued bullpen. Good luck Sergio!

Quintin Berry

auto berry.jpgKind of curvy and pretty (the signature, not the player), but it would be impossible to read if you didn’t know what it was. Quintin was named to the Eastern League’s Mid-season and Post-season All-Star squads (apparently they have two), and just missed (by one base) leading the league with stolen bases, with 48.

Domonic Brown

auto brown.jpgOne of the Phillies’ top prospects, Domonic seems to be going the “initials” route with his signature, with the D and B seeming to be all that’s there. Brown began the season at single-A Clearwater, and was promoted to double-A Reading mid-season. He will likely play in the Arizona Fall League.

Joe Savery

auto savery.jpgOK, I’ll give him the J, but the other part doesn’t even resemble an S. If this weren’t on a photo, I might think one of my kids was scribbling just to see if the pen was working. Joe was also named to the Eastern League Mid-season and Post-season All-Star squads, and was promoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley at the end of July.


I’ve “picked” a winner!

Not too many of you were feeling creative for my last caption contest, but nonetheless I’ve chosen my favorite.


“So, what are you harvesting today?”

Thanks to Julia of Julia’s Rants!

(all photos by me)



  1. Kaybee

    I actually like the strange signatures of baseball players. It looks so cool, and the scary thing is, it’s getting passed on to the kids! On Saturday I got one of the Park View Little League player’s autograph, and it looked just like a major league player’s might!

  2. crzblue2

    Well, Quintin Barry is kinda of curvey and pretty (the player, not the signature) :-). I look at some of my signed baseball and I got to put then in something with a name or else I will forget who signed them. I have a Dodger Dog bobblehead signed by many players and I included a list of the names so that I will indentified those crazy signatures.

  3. devilabrit

    signatures are definately for looks and not to be read… but for some I can understand when they have to sign it continuously a squiggle is less harmful to the hand…:-)
    and I’m dissapointed I missed your last caption contest, will try and pay more attention and watch for the next one
    Outside the Phillies Looking In

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