Baseball Card Features Batboy With Down Syndrome
In a rare move, a man with Down syndrome who made national headlines as a batboy for the Cincinnati Reds is getting his very own baseball card.
The card featuring Ted Kremer, 30, entered circulation earlier this month as part of the 2013 Topps Update, a collection that includes players who switched teams, All-Stars, rookies and memorable moments as well as variant cards like the one of “Teddy Kremer,” reports The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Kremer of White Oak, Ohio has Down syndrome and gained notoriety after inspiring the Reds while serving as a batboy for the team during a game last year. Since then, Kremer was profiled on ESPN and worked for the team this past summer.
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Officials at Topps, which makes baseball cards, came up with the idea for Kremer’s card. Typically, only players, managers and coaches are allowed to be shown in the team uniform, though the Reds made an exception for Kremer, the newspaper reported.
A variation of regular card No. US268, Kremer’s card shows him alongside former Reds manager Dusty Baker. It’s unknown how many were placed into circulation, but as of Monday afternoon, three Kremer cards were for sale on eBay ranging in price from $100 to $175.