Kenneth Ray Oberkfell
(The Leones' Magician)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 210 lb.
- School Belleville Area College
- High School Collinsville (IL) High School
- Debut August 22, 1977
- Final Game October 4, 1992
- Born May 4, 1956 in Highland, IL USA
Ken Oberkfell played 16 years in the majors. He was primarily a third baseman although he also played over 400 games at second base. He appeared in the 1982 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals and the 1989 World Series with the San Francisco Giants.
Beginning in 1995 he started on a long string of seasons as a minor league manager. Oberkfell was named bench coach of the New York Mets on June 17, 2008, replacing Jerry Manuel who had been promoted to interim manager when Willie Randolph was fired. After going back to managing in the minors in 2009 and 2010, he was again named the Mets' bench coach, this time on a permanent basis, in 2011, but kept the job for only one season.