Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mike O'Keefe on baseball cards

Outfielder Mike O'Keefe played seven seasons of professional baseball, mostly in the Angels organization. His best season was 2001, when he hit .330 with 15 HR and 91 RBI at Rancho Cucamonga. Now owner of the CrackerJacks Baseball and Training Facility in Meriden, CT, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"My favorite card was probably the Bazooka card that I was on with Brandon Webb, Dustin Moseley and Daryl Clark. I had around 12 ABs off Webb. When you hear of someone that throws a heavy ball with drop, that's Brandon Webb. I would always ground out against him. I remember one AB I hit the ball square off the barrel and it felt like the ball weighed 5 lbs.

I did collect baseball cards when I was a kid. I never knew about the monetary value that some cards had. I just loved opening a pack hoping I got some Yankee players.

When I was 10 years old I decided to take my cards and make wallpaper in my room out of them. It took a long long time but when I was finished I was proud but realized any card worth anything ... Wasn't LOL!!!"
Thanks! I don't have that card, but here is one from my collection.

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