“Il Barone” Forever! Ask who Gary Baron Schull was. Each team, each fan, has its own idol, its own myth, the relationship of the American with Fortitudo Basket Bologna goes further. Compared to other champions, his stay lasted perhaps less, 5 years; compared to other American champions, he did not come from the NBA, he did not arrive in Bologna at the middle or end of his career, but at just 23 years old.
In Bologna Schull left his heart and soul, playing 5 seasons for a team that did not have the coat of arms of other clubs but for that very reason it was necessary to breathe fire and flames. So Schull made a famous bloody photo of him, carried in triumph after a derby won against Virtus.
Gary Schull was a great player, on the pitch he made a difference, so much so that he won the ranking of the best scorer in Italy but also that of the best rebounder. He had a huge heart, so much so that he gave up continuing his career in Fortitudo to return to the USA to assist his sick mother.
Fortitudo supporters will have noticed it, it is no coincidence, we waited to arrive at Celebrative # 13 to ideally deliver it to the Baron, it could only be his, like number 7, last year, it could only be dedicated to Gigi Meroni. That same shirt number 13 worn by Schull over the years Fortitudo and by the Bolognese club then withdrawn, now stands at the top of the Paladozza, just above the curve that bears his name and where the ultras of Fossa dei Leoni are crowded. Historical reality of organized support, born in the years of the Baron in Bologna, this too cannot be just a coincidence.
There are emblematic photos of Schull in Fortitudo, often linked to the early years when the sponsor was Eldorado ice cream, which is why we wanted to do something different. The solidarity sticker portrays him with the Alco shirt, season 72/73 (his last in Bologna), his stickers with the Eldorado shirt exist, there is no (at this point, there was no) an Alco sponsored.
In addition, the strong relationship with the fans could not fail to be celebrated in turn and so here he is the Baron, who returned to the city of Bologna, showing the scarf of Fossa dei Leoni at the curve. Most of the boys and girls of the curve were not yet born when Schull wore the colors of the F shield, but it does not matter, his myth has made him immortal, a legend that will never end. Too bad fate took him away too soon.
We would have liked to have sent this solidarity card to the Baron, we will send it to his son Garrett to whom we talked about this project several months ago and he replied happy, also about the social purposes and having involved the fans, who have never stopped loving, they will never be able to do it, dad Gary.
“BARON” SCHULL FOR MADAGASCAR! The proceeds will be donated to the initiative ADOPT WITH THE FIGURINE to support long distance adoptions in Madagascar and to support the Center for the Protection and Research of Exotic Fauna of Monte Adone, Marzabotto (Bologna)
GARY “BARON” SCHULL
Celebrative Sticker # 13 – Sticker + Folder
Limited edition 300 copies numbered
Cost € 5.00
AVAILABLE NOW! (copies available 90/300)
the folders of the solidarity stickers are numbered from 1 to 300, the number you receive is random. The choice of the specific number is a pre-sale service only and only for the members of Figurine Forever
10 free copies have also been printed, they do not have the consecutive number from 1 to 300. These copies were distributed as follows: 5 copies to Garrett and Schull family, 1 copy to Fortitudo Basket Club, 1 copy to ultras Fossa dei Leoni 1970, 1 copy to the Museo Fortitudo Association, 2 copies to the Figurine Forever Association.
The copy number 13 was not put up for sale but donated to the Schull family. The copy number 103, like the Fortitudo FIP affiliation code, was not put up for sale, but delivered to the Fortitudo Club, in the hope that it will never again be questioned