Mickey Owens is one of a long line of fantastic defensive minded catchers to wear Dodger Blue, and if not for a bungled play during the 1941 World Series he might be considered the best ever. Nevertheless, his miscue that Fall did little to sully his reputation. He would go on to be an All-Star four times -- even though he would only slash .257/.316/.310/.627 during those season.
Which brings me to the letter shown above. Featured is correspondence written by Mickey from 1991 to a fan named Jim Forrest. (eBay Auction Link) In it he writes:
I am in the eleventh year of my retirement. When I retired in 1980 my wife had to handle all the check writing so I have no personal checks.
The clipping you sent me were right. I paid $2500.00. And I learned a lesson. After retirement from Baseball I was elected sheriff of Greene Co., Missouri in the Ozark Mountains. Served 16 years. During those years I was stabbed and shot at by some of Missouri's meanest criminals.
When in danger act quickly and give no quarter. It may save you from serious injury or your life.