No. 4 seed: Karl Malone jersey
ESPN coordinating producer and researcher Howie Schwab has been to every NCAA Men’s Final Four since 1995. He’ll be in Houston this weekend for the basketball festivities, working with analyst Dick Vitale.
Schwab has a virtual museum of items in various locations, but he also carries a shrine to memorable events with him.
Wedged somewhere in his “[George] Costanza wallet” is everything from a ducat from the “Bill Buckner game” of the 1986 World Series to a 1989 Ringo Starr concert staged at Lake Compounce — a stone’s throw away from ESPN’s Bristol, CT headquarters.
Why does Schwab carry such treasures with him? “[The tickets] mean that much to me,” he said.
Front Row will reveal Schwab’s most treasured college basketball memorabilia — seeded Nos. 4 to No. 1 — including some jerseys that don’t fit into his wallet.
Let’s start with his No. 4 seed, a replica Karl Malone jersey from “The Mailman’s” Louisiana Tech days. Schwab has plenty of authentic memorabilia from all sports but says Malone is a special player to him.
Schwab: “I think it’s real cool. I just saw Karl down at ESPN The Weekend. I just always thought he was one of the hardest working players of all time.”
We’ll reveal Nos. 3, 2 and 1 in future posts.