Former Cincinnati Reds player Ryan Freel’s father is asking for fans to send any baseball cards they have of him in order to preserve his memory.READ MORE: Calls For Justice As Suspects In Asian American Attacks Appear In San Francisco Court - 'We Are Watching'
Freel committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 36 years old, leaving behind three young daughters. To help the daughters remember their father as a talented baseball player, his father is collecting baseball cards of Freel to give to the girls as a keepsake.READ MORE: San Jose Police Investigate Shooting In Hyde Park Neighborhood
According to WLKY TV in Louisville, Kentucky, a Montana-based collector named Matthew Christian is leading the efforts to collect the cards. Christian will then pass the cards on to the Freel family, with the hope being that they’re able to collect enough cards to produce three binders, one for each of Freel’s daughters.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine: Santa Clara County Ramps Up Effort With Dose Surplus
Freel eight seasons in the majors, largely as a utility man, spending six of those with the Cincinnati Reds. Freel hit .268 with 22 homers and 122 RBI in over 1,900 at-bats in the big leagues. After his death, he was found to be suffering from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), the first MLB player to be diagnosed with the disease.