Ex Iran hostage, now in Tx., earned his free baseball pass

In Rick Kupke's sock drawer lies one of the few mementos worth keeping from the 444 days he was held hostage in Iran more than a quarter-century ago.

It's a heavy brass-colored aluminum plate about the size of a credit card, issued to each of the 52 Americans freed in 1981 after being taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran. It's a lifetime pass to any major league or minor league baseball game. "When we came home, many things came our way — small gifts and presents," said Kupke, 61. "This was probably the best thing we got."

But it's something he has rarely used, partly because he lived overseas for 17 years. Now that he's settled down in Arlington, Texas, he hopes to start using the card more.

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