Autographed Mystery Ball Returns For Frederick Keys on Opening Night

Believe it or not, we are one week away from the Baltimore Orioles' opening the 2017 season, and just 10 days away from the full-season affiliates kicking off their regular seasons. The High-A Frederick Keys will once again host a Mystery Ball fundraiser on opening night, giving fans the opportunity to purchase an autographed baseball.

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The Keys announced the return of Mystery Ball via press release late last week.

This fundraiser is one that really attracts fans and is a both a great way to raise funds for a great cause, as well as provide fans the opportunity to acquire an autographed baseball for an inexpensive amount ($10).

"Mystery Ball has quickly become one of the early season favorites for hardcore and casual fans alike," said Keys Director of Broadcasting and Public Relations, Geoff Arnold in the press release. "Each offseason we work hard to collect great items which will interest fans and help us do great work in the community."
On Opening Night, Thursday, April 6, beginning at 6:00 pm, the Keys will hold the Mystery Ball fundraiser. This fundraiser is unique in that fans pay $10 for an autographed baseball, and the autograph will be a mystery until you receive it, and will be a mystery player, team or coach. The balls are autographed by Keys and Orioles players, as well as other sports and entertainment stars and ALL proceeds go to the Joel A. Stephens Memorial Fund (Frederick Keys Care).

This year's event will have more than 90 baseballs, and among the autographed baseballs are Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, George Brett, Harold Baines, Dusty Baker and Todd Frazier, as well as Keys' players, team-signed baseballs and more.

Baseballs can be purchased on the concourse and will be available while supplies last. The Keys do encourage fans to arrive early if interested because of the high demand, and if you purchase a ball and are interesting in trading, you can visit the swapping area in the courtyard.

Last year's event was a roaring success as it raised over $1,000 and benefited the YMCA of Frederick County, Blessing in a Backpack for Frederick Schools, Advocates for Homeless Families, Heartly Hourse (Strengthening Family Coping Resources Project), the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County and Teen Leadership and Development Initiative.

Keys Care was established in 1999, and provides direct aid to local non-profits that provide aid to youth and young adults in Frederick County. The fund was named in honor of former Orioles' minor leaguer, Joel Stephens, who passed away in 1998 at 22 years-old.

This is a great event, and an even added bonus to heading to Harry Grove Stadium for Opening Night of the 2017 season for the Frederick Keys, who are set to open the year with several of the Orioles' top prospects.


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  1. Due to the postponement of the game on 4/6, the mystery ball promotion will be held on 4/21/17.


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