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CHICAGO (AP) When Joe Serpico closes his eyes, he can go right back to that day in 1961.
Serpico’s big Italian family gathered for cake and coffee for his 10th birthday. On a table full of presents, there was one unwrapped Wieboldt’s department store box from uncle Jerry “The Barber” Del Giudice a pair of game worn jerseys from Chicago Blackhawks stars Bobby Hull and Glenn Hall a moment of pure joy that stayed with Serpico forever.
“I knew their birthdays, I knew these guys, this was my whole life, was hockey,” he said, “and at 10 years old to get a gift coming from the two of them was phenomenal.”
Serpico, born and raised in Chicago, grew up, got married and had five children with his wife Linda, four girls and one boy. The jerseys went along for the ride, tucked away for safe keeping.
“That was on my bucket list,” he said, “and I feel like, maybe I could share it with somebody else. I hope it ends up in the right hands. I don’t know. . I’m having a hard time letting it go.”
Serpico’s uncle was a colorful character who served as the team barber for decades, becoming friendly with Hull, Hall and several other players. He went to the old Chicago Stadium to cut their hair on Wednesdays, or they would come to one of the family barbershops on the weekend on occasion, creating lines of kids looking for autographs that ran around the block, according to Serpico.
Hull and Hall were packing up after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 1961 when Del Guidice mentioned Serpico’s birthday was coming up.
“He was down there and he said ‘Hey, you know in a couple weeks is Joey’s birthday. It’d be nice if I brought him something,’ and Bobby and Glenn threw him a jersey,” Serpico said. “That’s the story that was given to me.”