Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Week of Trades from SportsCollectors.Net- bigjohn adds to the collection

A user by the name of bigjohn was my trade partner this time around-he hooked me up with P.J. Forbes and Jeff McKnight autographed cards.

P.J. Forbes 1998

P.J. really only had a cup of coffee in the Majors, the majority of which was with the '98 O's. He appeared in 9 games as a utility infielder, with one start. I remember him most from one of the pictures of Cal that Kalina has up at her house; P.J. weaseled his way into the background of the shot. He is probably best remembered in the Orioles organization as a fan favorite of the Rochester Red Wings, the former AAA affiliate of the Birds.

He is currently the manager of the Hi-A Carolina League Lynchburg Hillcats.

Jeff McKnight 1990-91

OK, I have to start by saying the Jeff doesn't look like a baseball player. His helmet is too big for him, he seems to be wearing a generic jersey and the glasses/hair/facial hair combination just doesn't present the image of a MLB type player. It's like one of those cheesy picture setups that "Let's you look like your favorite baseball player!" I would nominate him as a beer league softball All-Star but I digress.

Multiple websites (along with this card) do in fact confirm that Jeff played for the Mets & Orioles over a 6 season MLB career. He was a super utility player who did everything but pitch and play centerfield over the course of 218 games. He only played in 45 of those games for the Orioles and wasn't able to do much with his bat; he hit .190 for the Birds.

One other thing I found, his dad was Jim McKnight who pitched for the Cubs in the '60s.


zman40 said...

That McKnight card is sweet!

Orioles Magic said...

Thanks man, it's certainly unique!