Sunday, October 11, 2009
#385) CHARLIE O'BRIEN
Charlie O'Brien was traded with Kevin Carmody by the Milwaukee Brewers to the New York Mets for Kevin Brown and Julio Machado on August 30, 1990. O'Brien was a solid defensive catcher. He is best remembered for pioneering the hockey-style catcher's mask. He was playing with the Toronto Blue Jays when he invented this different style of mask. Charlie was granted free agency in October 1993 and signed with the Atlanta Braves a month later.
He is currently a baseball coach at Bishop Kelley High School in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
I received Charlie O'Brien's signature on his set card through a private autograph signing on November 24, 2009.