Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sean Snedeker on baseball cards

Sean Snedeker pitched in the Dodgers organization from 1988 to 1993. In 80 games he went 34-21 with a 3.24 ERA. In 1991 he pitched a perfect game against the Port St. Lucie Mets. Now the pitching coach at Oral Roberts University, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I loved collecting cards as a kid and have done it for a large portion of my life, although not much recently.  I remember back as a 4th grader or so, when me and some friends would play a really exciting game involving our card collections.  We would find a wall and each lean one or two of our cards against the wall and then by “flinging” other cards in our hands, we tried to be the first to knock down our opponents cards.  First one to do it, by taking turns, would win all of the cards on the floor and quite often any “good ones” that we agreed upon but would not lean on the wall or fling. Needless to say, we exchanged a lot of cards back in those days and I still have proof of which cards I added in those games due to all the dinged up corners!

I feel fortunate to have several cards of myself from my playing and coaching days in the minors.  Although I never played in the big leagues or had the excitement of a major league card, I was flattered with the $5 check I received from Topps early on in my minor league career.  Never cashed it.  Provides a great memento of minor league life.

I have a good collection of cards but not many  after I had kids (the last 15 years or so) so the majority of my collection is older stuff."


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