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Itâ€™s one of the more unusual pieces of sports memorabilia in the world. Itâ€™s also one of the rarest of all: a baseball signed by a pope.
Thatâ€™s just one of the many pieces in Ridgway resident Denny Heindlâ€™s vast collection. As a philanthropist, radio station enthusiast and minority owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Heindlâ€™s collection has grown immensely over the past 45 years. Its crown jewel, however, may be a baseball with the simple inscription â€śJ P IIâ€ť for Saint John Paul the Great, formerly known as Pope John Paul II.