I have never caught a foul ball, but I have collected five game used baseballs during my lifetime. Here are the tales of all five.
Ball number 1
The scene - early 1990s. Probably '92 or '93. Thrown out from under the Omaha Royals dugout. I now have it signed by about ten players.
Ball number 2
Tossed into the stands by Matt Murton, fresh off the bat of Matt Kemp. Spring Training 2009.
Ball number 3
Traded for with a bat shard we got from a clubbie. No worries -- we still had another bat shard to keep. Omaha Royals season finale, 2009.
Ball number 4
A bullpen catcher flipped a ball over his shoulder, and it rolled to the edge of the new bullpen fence at Werner Park. I grabbed it after the pitcher was summoned to pitch. Opening Day, Omaha Storm Chasers 2011.
Ball number 5 (pictured)
Tonight -- tossed to me specifically by Jesse Chavez! Super nice of him to do so.