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  • Gathering gloves: Hannibal teen collecting baseball gloves to benefit youth in Dominican

  • Like many in Cardinals Nation, Alex Addison was disappointed Wednesday night when Boston clinched the 2013 World Series crown against St. Louis.
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  • Like many in Cardinals Nation, Alex Addison was disappointed Wednesday night when Boston clinched the 2013 World Series crown against St. Louis. But unlike most Redbird fans, the Hannibal teen-ager is still focused on baseball, or more specifically, what’s used to catch baseballs.
    Addison, a senior at Hannibal High School, is conducting a drive to collect baseball gloves that he intends to ship to underprivileged youngsters in the Dominican Republic.
    “Every kid plays baseball there all the time,” said Alex, comparing the love of baseball in Latin America to soccer elsewhere in the world.
    While every youngster in the Dominican wants to play baseball, not every boy has adequate equipment. Alex learned that fact from his parents, Diane and Greg Addison, after they visited a school outside of Punta Cana last January.
    “They saw kids playing baseball, like a lot of kids. Most of them didn’t have gloves. They were using their bare hands or anything they could find that could be used to soften the blow of a ball,” he said, adding his parents saw youngsters using both leaves and milk cartons as ball gloves.
    That mental image inspired Alex to seek ball glove donations.
    “Originally we were just looking for used (gloves), but people went out and bought new (gloves), which we were very happy with,” he said. “New or used, we’re looking for anything really, as long as they’re still usable.”
     
    Glove style
     
    The style of glove is not important, either.
    “We got a catcher’s glove, which we were happy with, and a first baseman’s glove,” said Alex. “Any type of glove I’m sure they would appreciate.”
    Over 50 gloves have been contributed thus far.
    “I want to thank everyone who has already donated. People have really stepped up,” said Alex. “We’ve had a very good response.”
    While he doesn’t have a goal in mind, Alex would like to have at least 100 gloves to send south.
    “That would be a pretty nice number to hit,” he said.
    Collection boxes are located at Holy Family Church, Hannibal High School and at Paddlewheel Popcorn & Candy Company on North Main Street.
    Even though the Major League Baseball season has concluded, the glove drive will go on a bit longer.
    “We were originally going to go to the end of the World Series, but I think we’re going to go a bit longer now because we’re getting quite a few donations. I’m not sure of the exact (wrap-up) date, but it will probably be a week or two into November,” said Alex.
    Page 2 of 3 - A firm decision on how to get the gloves to those in need has not been finalized, but the process could involve a former St. Louis Cardinals.
    “We are in contact with the (Diane and Greg’s) tour guide, who said if we ship them to him he would hand them out,” said Alex. “We were actually thinking about sending them to the Albert Pujols Family Foundation and having them ship them down. We’re not sure which we’re going to do yet.”
    While content with the notion that he will be helping underprivileged youngsters play a game they love, Alex acknowledges it would be exciting to provide a glove that benefitted a future star, especially if he wound up wearing the birds on the bat across his chest.
    “It would be cool if a kid got a college offer or even went into the pros. If he went to the Cardinals that would be even better. I’d be very happy with that,” he said. WITH PHOTO:
     
    Gathering gloves
     
    Hannibal teen collecting baseball gloves to benefit youth in Dominican
     
    DANNY HENLEY
    danny.henley@courierpost.com
     
    Like many in Cardinals Nation, Alex Addison was disappointed Wednesday night when Boston clinched the 2013 World Series crown against St. Louis. But unlike most Redbird fans, the Hannibal teen-ager is still focused on baseball, or more specifically, what’s used to catch baseballs.
    Addison, a senior at Hannibal High School, is conducting a drive to collect baseball gloves that he intends to ship to underprivileged youngsters in the Dominican Republic.
    “Every kid plays baseball there all the time,” said Alex, comparing the love of baseball in Latin America to soccer elsewhere in the world.
    While every youngster in the Dominican wants to play baseball, not every boy has adequate equipment. Alex learned that fact from his parents, Diane and Greg Addison, after they visited a school outside of Punta Cana last January.
    “They saw kids playing baseball, like a lot of kids. Most of them didn’t have gloves. They were using their bare hands or anything they could find that could be used to soften the blow of a ball,” he said, adding his parents saw youngsters using both leaves and milk cartons as ball gloves.
    That mental image inspired Alex to seek ball glove donations.
    “Originally we were just looking for used (gloves), but people went out and bought new (gloves), which we were very happy with,” he said. “New or used, we’re looking for anything really, as long as they’re still usable.”
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    Glove style
     
    The style of glove is not important, either.
    “We got a catcher’s glove, which we were happy with, and a first baseman’s glove,” said Alex. “Any type of glove I’m sure they would appreciate.”
    Over 50 gloves have been contributed thus far.
    “I want to thank everyone who has already donated. People have really stepped up,” said Alex. “We’ve had a very good response.”
    While he doesn’t have a goal in mind, Alex would like to have at least 100 gloves to send south.
    “That would be a pretty nice number to hit,” he said.
    Collection boxes are located at Holy Family Church, Hannibal High School and at Paddlewheel Popcorn & Candy Company on North Main Street.
    Even though the Major League Baseball season has concluded, the glove drive will go on a bit longer.
    “We were originally going to go to the end of the World Series, but I think we’re going to go a bit longer now because we’re getting quite a few donations. I’m not sure of the exact (wrap-up) date, but it will probably be a week or two into November,” said Alex.
    A firm decision on how to get the gloves to those in need has not been finalized, but the process could involve a former St. Louis Cardinals.
    “We are in contact with the (Diane and Greg’s) tour guide, who said if we ship them to him he would hand them out,” said Alex. “We were actually thinking about sending them to the Albert Pujols Family Foundation and having them ship them down. We’re not sure which we’re going to do yet.”
    While content with the notion that he will be helping underprivileged youngsters play a game they love, Alex acknowledges it would be exciting to provide a glove that benefitted a future star, especially if he wound up wearing the birds on the bat across his chest.
    “It would be cool if a kid got a college offer or even went into the pros. If he went to the Cardinals that would be even better. I’d be very happy with that,” he said.
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