The Ted Kremer Baseball Card



Ted Kremer, a 30-year-old Cincinnati Reds batboy with Down syndrome, got his own baseball card in the Topps 2013 update. He has also worked in the Reds front office. His card is a variant, so it will not be found frequently, making its value greater. The front of the card features a photograph of Mr. Kremer and former Reds manager Dusty Baker. The idea of giving Mr. Kremer a baseball card came from Topps itself. Mr. Kremer’s parents praised the Reds organization for allowing their son to wear a Reds uniform for the photograph on the baseball card. Normally, only players, managers, and coaches wear the uniform. The back of the card has a paragraph about Mr. Kremer. Sports columnist David Brown wrote, “It might seem like charity to give a person with Down syndrome a chance at being a batboy for a day. Same with hiring him for the front office. And then to make a baseball card of him. And yet, all of it is deserved. Through his personality, his will and his utility, Kremer made himself a real member of the Reds. He’s on the team. He’s just as worthy as anyone else. Good for Topps, making a Ted Kremer card.”

Source: David Brown, “Ted Kremer — the Cincinnati Reds batboy with Down syndrome — gets his own baseball card.” 24 October 2013–mlb.html

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