Boy Who Lost His Baseball Collection in Fire Has it Replaced by Oakland A’s


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A baseball collection

Baseball fan, 9-year old Loren Jade Smith, lost his home in one of the several wildfires, raging through Northern California that has already damaged or destroyed 8400 structures, and claimed at least 40 lives. His vast collection of baseball cards, jerseys, hats, and signed balls was also destroyed. He wrote a letter to his favorite baseball team, the Oakland A’s detailing everything he lost in his prized baseball collection including all A’s baseball cards since 2000, jerseys, hats, a baseball from a game and a signed ball. He also described how he would teach his 9 month old little brother how to throw in his now destroyed backyard.  His letter is below:


To the Oakland A’s:

I love watching your A’s games. I want to be an A’s player and I play at Mark West Little League in Santa Rosa. I played baseball in my backyard all day loving the A’s and making up my own game. In my backyard they won six World Series in a row. But my house burned down in the Santa Rosa fire and my saddest things was my baseball collection cards, my 17 jerseys and 10 hats and my baseball from the game and also a ball signed by the whole team and Rickey Henderson and Bob Melvin. My brother and me have so much fun but he is only 9 months old. I am teaching him how to throw balls. I have every single A’s card from 2000 to now but I am 9-years-old. I had a major league baseball and it all burned up. So sad. I know you are not all together but hope they get this.

By Loren


When ABC7 interviewed Loren’s father, Tait Smith told them that it broke his heart that Loren wouldn’t be able to scream and yell homeruns that he had hit over the fence with his whiffle ball. When they visited their burned down house, Loren would describe where his room used to be, and the apple tree that he would always hit the ball over. After a local reporter’s tweet about Loren’s heartbreaking story went viral, fans and teams around the nation donated to help replace Loren’s collection. The Oakland A’s president, Dave Kaval has offered to outfit in the entire family with baseball gear. Several other baseball teams are also pitching including the Rays, the Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, the Astros, and the Mets to name a few. The leading producer of baseball cards, Topps, is also sending in baseball goods. On Friday, the A’s and Loren’s family have planned a meeting, that should include a couple of surprises.The Oakland A’s are also donating $450,000 to help local disaster relief efforts.

If you’d like to help out Loren, the Oakland A’s have posted on Twitter

an address on where you can send baseball memorabilia.