Last year, the Woodson acquired the wonderful J.P. Miller papers. This Rice grad wrote the teleplays for Days of Wine and Roses and Playhouse 90, as well as received three Emmy nominations for his work. His collection had been housed for many years in a storage unit. When the family packed his papers, they used various items to fill the boxes. Among his papers were pillows, a few stuffed animals, and this guy.
One of the archivists, Amanda Focke, decided that our little baseball buddy needed some tender loving care. She mended one of his hands, which was falling off. Since his colors are Rice-ish, she decided that she would make him into a piece of Rice memorabilia by adding the “R” to his chest. Now, our buddy sits in the vault.
I hope Coach Wayne Graham approves.