Family of late Reds player wants your Ryan Freel baseball cards

Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Freel runs to first base against the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game, Monday, May 5, 2008, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

CINCINNATI (WTHR) - The family of a former Cincinnati Reds player is looking for a little help to keep his legacy alive.

Ryan Freel played for the Reds from 2003-2008. He died of suicide in 2012, leaving behind three young daughters.

According to WLWT-TV, Freel's father is now calling on baseball fans to dig through their baseball card collections and send his son's cards to the family. He hopes to fill three binders full of cards to help Freel's daughters remember their father's life and baseball career.

If you have cards you'd like to donate, they can be sent to Matthew Christian, a baseball card collector in Montana. Mail your donations to: Matthew Christian, 3737 Corwin Street, Bozeman, MT 59718.

Freel was a fan favorite due to his hustle on the field, but head injuries cut his career short. He missed 30 games in 2007 after suffering a concussion in a collision with a teammate. He started his career with the Blue Jays in 2001 before moving to Cincinnati in 2003. He finished his career with stints with Baltimore, the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City in 2009.

He was the first MLB player to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, WLWT reports.

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