I haven’t been able to make many additions to my New York Mets autograph collection, for a variety of reasons.
At last count, I have a signed baseball card for 881 of 975 players who have appeared in a game for the Mets. Many of the ones I’m missing have passed away.
Original Mets infielder “Hot Rod” Kanehl falls into that group – he died of a heart attack in 2004.
A career minor leaguer, Kanehl impressed Casey Stengel with his hustle – he once scored from second base on a wild pitch. Kanehl is also the answer to a trivia question – he’s the first Mets’ player to hit a grand slam. While his talent level never allowed him to be more than a fan-favorite, Kanehl made the most of his three years with the Mets.
Kanehl signed this card through the mail for my friend Jeff, who decided that my collection would be a better home for it.