A member of the 1982 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals is the featured guest at the 4th Annual Greenville Chamber of Commerce Cardinals Baseball Lunch. Ken Oberkfell, a native of Madison County, will greet fans and participate in a question and answer program during the lunch on Thursday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Donnewald Distributing meeting room.
A product of the Cardinals minor league system, Oberkfell made his major league debut for the Redbirds on August 22, 1977. Originally a second baseman, he made the switch to third base and was a key member of the team’s 1982 World Series victory. Oberkfell batted .292 in the Series as the Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games.
Known for his steady defense, Oberkfell was a lifetime .278 hitter. He later played for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, and California Angels. His last season was 1992.
The Cardinals Baseball Lunch is one of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s most popular events and is open to the public. Guests in previous years have been Danny Cox, Jack Clark, and Ken Reitz.
Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, go on sale Monday, May 2 at Watson’s Drug Store. Deadline to purchase them is noon Wednesday, May 18. The ticket price includes a catered lunch by Wes Pourchot, the program with Ken Oberkfell, and complimentary autographs. Donnewald Distributing is located at 2100 Samuel Andrews Drive in the Howard M. Wolf Business Park.