Discovery Communications’ Sales Head Turned His Corner Office Into a Shrine of Collectibles

As Discovery Communications’ president of ad sales, Joe Abruzzese’s spring training comes in the form of intense preparations for the looming upfront season. But in a parallel universe his spring training uniform is still a pinstriped suit—except it’s covered in mud from playing catcher for the Yankees. “Baseball has always been a part of my life,” he said. And while his career as one of TV’s top execs doesn’t require much athletic prowess, Abruzzese has turned his New York office into a mini baseball hall of fame of sorts. From signed memorabilia to World Series ticket stubs, Abruzzese is a proud collector of things he loves. “There is no rhythm or reason to the vibe in my office,” he said. “I enjoy collecting things, so I like to keep the items I collect around me.” Also part of his collection: pens. The meticulous exec writes lists throughout the day, saying it relaxes him and helps him come up with solutions. “I went to Catholic school where penmanship was very important,” he added.

1

Ticketmaster

Abruzzese’s framed collection of tickets from every time the Yankees were in the World Series—27—is on prominent display.

2

Cuff Link Collection

“I collect cuff links and I keep many at my office,” said Abruzzese. “You never know when you will need a pair of cuff links!”

3

Throw Back

Baseball has always been a part of Abruzzese’s life—he played from childhood through college at Seton Hall. 

4

Details

“I started collecting gladiators and Roman soldier miniature statues,” said Abruzzese. “I actually have several that I have painted myself. I really like attention to detail and the statues require attention to detail.

5

World Series Mitt

The mitt and ball represent the only perfect game ever thrown in a World Series, signed by the pitcher and catcher, Don Larsen and Yogi Berra, respectively. 

6

Batter Up

Though he hasn’t been to Yankees baseball camp yet, Abruzzese has a stockpile of bats so he’s prepared when he finally makes it. 

This story first appeared in the May 16, 2016 issue of Adweek magazine.
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