Saturday, June 21, 2014
1991 Fleer, Ken Oberkfell
#511 Ken Oberkfell
Here is the fourth and final card that Ken Oberkfell signed for me last summer. Ken is the manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association and he signed the cards for me and my kid before a game in Wichita. I got a card signed by him as a Cardinal, a Brave, a Giant, and now an Astro. Now I just need to get a Pirate card signed by him to have all his teams covered. Or at least all his teams where he got a card since there does not appear to be an Angels card of him.
Ken's tenure in Houston lasted a season and a half. He played in 130 games with them, but hit just .213 with a home run, 10 doubles, and 26 RBI. He was released in July of 1991.
Nobody picked him up after his release until the off-season when the Angels gave him a shot. He went on to .264 in the 41 games he played with the Angels in 1992. That was Ken's final season in the Majors.
Ken started managing in 1997 in the Phillies organization. He managed for them for four seasons and then managed for the Mets for ten seasons, including six years at the AAA level. He has been managing independent teams for the last two and a half seasons. Right now his Saltdogs are 15-19.
On the College World Series contest front, Virginia cliched a spot in the finals today. They will take on the winner of tonight's Texas/Vanderbilt game. So far, seven people have picked Virginia to be in the finals. Five people have Vanderbilt picked to advance and six people have picked Texas. For the ones that got Virginia right, three of them picked Vandy to face them and one picked Texas. This thing is still up for grabs.