He’s not giving away Mickey Mantles but the smiles on kids’ faces tell Miles Gwilym that doesn’t really matter.
The former sports card shop owner has made a habit of giving cards away to youngsters as often as he can, sometimes bending down to their level to do so. He’s still doing it today as a member of the Seattle Mariners’ guest services staff.
The 78-year-old estimates he’s handed out close to one million cards over the last ten years or so. Over the weekend he went through a couple of monster boxes full at the annual Mariners Fanfest at Safeco Field.
Gwilym goes by Mick in honor of Hall of Fame catcher “Mickey” Cochrane so baseball is in his blood. While many of the cards he hands out aren’t worth a fortune in cash, it’s the kind of gesture that’s worth a lot more in the long run.
“You are making future fans of kids that appreciate baseball because they get treated a little bit nicer than the average fan,” he told MyNorthwest.com.
“And I just love it.”