Ridgway’s humble link to a saint
It’s one of the more unusual pieces of sports memorabilia in the world. It’s also one of the rarest of all: a baseball signed by a pope.That’s just one of the many pieces in Ridgway resident Denny Heindl’s vast collection. As a philanthropist, radio station enthusiast and minority owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Heindl’s collection has grown immensely over the past 45 years. Its crown jewel, however, may be a baseball with the simple inscription “J P II” for Saint John Paul the Great, formerly known as Pope John Paul II.