I had a somewhat similar experience back in ninth grade when I was at this guy's house. He had a big book of addresses of former players that you could write to for autographs. This was in 1980. I picked one player to write to and for reasons I can't remember it was Joe Cronin. I sent him a polite letter, a 3 X 5 index card and some postage. I never heard back.
Then when I was a senior in college (1986), I got a call from my mom saying that I had received a "letter rejected, addressee moved" stamp on a letter that I had sent. It was the one I had sent to Cronin in 1980.
Rejected from beyond the grave, as Cronin had passed away in 1984.