With a new book comes a new chapter for former Major League Baseball pitcher Keith Comstock, a Cañada College standout who may best be known for starring in what ESPN called “the funniest baseball card ever made.”
Comstock, currently the rehab pitching coordinator for the Texas Rangers, is set to return to his alma mater on Friday, Jan. 10, to present a new novel based on his fascinating life called The Conman, which is co-authored by Mike Murphy.
The event will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the college theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. in Redwood City. It is free and open to the public, although you must register in advance here, and, for a $20 donation, you’ll get a signed copy of the book. All book sales will go to support Cañada College athletics.
Comstock attended San Carlos High before becoming a standout at Cañada College, which says he once struck out 22 batters in a single game. In 1976, he was selected in the fifth round of the MLB draft by the California Angels. During his professional career, Comstock had stints in the minor leagues, Japan and on four MLB teams. He began coaching after retiring as a player.
Comstock believes he may be best known for appearing in the humorous, unique 1989 Las Vegas Stars baseball card that shows him being struck in the groin area by a baseball.
At Friday’s talk, Comstock plans to take questions from the audience about the majors, the minors, and also how he pulled off that famous baseball card, which remains popular among fans and collectors and soared in price following the ESPN story.
“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Cañada College after all these years,” said Comstock, the father of three and grandfather of six. “This is where it began for me.”