However, the tough part would be getting items people would want to bid. So McKay jumped on the phones.
“I called one of our booster club’s dads that is friends with Kevin Tipps, who’s really good friends with Bryce Harper’s dad,” McKay said. “I said I wanted to do some things to help out. Do you think Bryce will be able to sign some things for me?”
Harper, who plays for the Washington Nations, did more than just sign a few balls. The second year phenom made it his own personal mission to scour the major leagues for memorabilia.
“All the credit goes to Bryce Harper for most of the stuff,” McKay said. “Every time he would go to a city to play, he’d go to the other dugout and tell them they are raising money for victims of the tornado. And Major League Baseball stepped up. It’s outstanding. That’s the side the average person doesn’t really understand what those professional athletes can do to help out.”
Harper was able to get signed items from hall of famers Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken and Don Mattingly, along with current stars such as Baltimore’s Chris Davis, Colorado’s Todd Helton, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman and many more current big leagues.
“I was shocked,” McKay said. “That’s a testament to Bryce Harper. Everybody looks at him and say he’s a rich professional athlete. I’ve had an opportunity to meet him a couple of times. He’s a great kid, is what he is. And he has the heart to give back to people that need some help. I will always be indebted to him for this.”
Other donations came from Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel, former University of Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer and former Sooners Landry Jones, Kenny Stills and the St. Louis Rams.