ERNIE MONTELLA attended his first Philadelphia Athletics game in 1943.
It was the start of a love affair that continues today.
Montella was co-founder of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society, which closed its museum and gift shop in Hatboro in April of last year after a 15-year run.
Former players were known to pop into the place from time to time. They'd also showed up at the society's annual breakfast to relive glory days with each other and fans.
Sadly, said Montella, the players are dying off, or are simply too old to commit to personal appearances.
In November, the society will publish the final edition of its Along the Elephant Trail newsletter. And this Saturday, it will host its final event - a live collectible sports auction at the Days Inn conference room at 245 Easton Road in Horsham at 10 a.m.