|Dodger bat boy, Charlie DiGiovanna and his son Greg|
|1953 New York World Telegram article on Charlie. He said "I have the greatest job in the world."|
This, of course, has raised questions in the memorabilia industry today about what are legitimate Brooklyn Dodger signed baseballs. One thing that DiGiovanna did was sign all the autographs in the same panel and same order on the balls in order to avoid duplication. As a result, spotting his forgeries isn't that difficult.
Almost as much a part of the Brooklyn Dodgers as the players, Charlie became as well known as Hilda Chester, the Sym"phony" band and Happy Felton. He is part of Dodger lore and was a true member of the family. It is reported that even Vin Scully would mention DiGiovanni by name, announcing in 1957 that he just retireived a foul tip behind the plate and congratulating him on his new promotion as "Charlie D. is now the new Clubhouse Assistant."
|It is impossible to see here, but in this photo scanned by DiGiovanna's grand-daughter, Angela, Duke Snider has autographed this photo. The inscription says "To the Brow, always my buddy, Duke Snider"|
|The forged autographs on display on the cover of the 1958 Dodger Yearbook|
|Charlie with Jackie Robinson, celebrating the '55 World Championship|
Greg posted the following on the baseball fever website on Dec. 27, 2007: "'...he was always giving his all at whatever he attempted and he always lived life to the fullest, sharing himself unselfishly with everyone who crossed his path. I still struggle with this time of year, having lost my dad just three days after Christmas, when I was only eight years old, but the wonderful memories he left us with have always kept me above the water line in life. God Bless all you "Dodger Blues" who have helped keep his memory alive after all these years. "