Born February 8, 1973 in Yokosuka, Japan
Drafted by St. Louis in the 24th round of the 1994 draft
McDonald spent eight seasons in the Cardinals system and many of those as a Redbird. At 6’2″, 215, he was considered big for a catcher, thus earning him the nickname ‘Fat Kid’ hung on him by Memphis Redbird fan-favorite Stubby Clapp.
In his 355 games as a Redbird, McDonald had an average of .276 (317-for-1149), 150 runs, 304 RBI and 40 home runs.
He made his MLB debut with St. Louis on July 4, 2000; where he hit a home run in each of his first two at-bats. He hit a third homer later that year and finished the season hitting .429 (3-for-7), making him the only player in MLB history to have more than one home run in a career, with no other hits.
Now that his professional career is over, McDonald puts 100% of his focus on his L.A. Lakers. Probably a natural habit for any longtime SoCal boy who attended college at Pepperdine University and spent his off-seasons in Yorba Linda, California.
Pictured above is the Keith McDonald bobblehead (the second of the 2009 collection) that will be given away to the first 1500 fans through the gates on May 12, when the Redbirds host the Las Vegas 51s.
This isn’t the first time McDonald has been immortalized on a bobblehead though. In 2001, Redbirds pitcher Fred Rath was given creative control over the season’s bobblehead collection. He painted all seven as he saw fit, giving ‘Fat Kid’ the appropriate Hawaiian shirt and beach sandals. Thanks to Allison Rhoades for digging these pictures out of the archives.
Tom Rath with his 2001 Bobblehead Series.
Keith McDonald with his bobblehead. See the resemblance?
So come on out to AZP Tuesday May 12 and take home a part of Memphis Redbirds history.