Charlie O'Brien was born on May 1st, 1960 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Bishop Kelley High School and played collegiate baseball at Wichita State University. A former Major League Baseball catcher, avid outdoors man, and owner of the Catch 22 Ranch, Charlie has transitioned from his days of hunting down runners on the base paths to hunting big bucks out in the woods.
Beginning his Major League career in 1985, Charlie played for 8 different teams, including the Atlanta Braves, with whom he won a World Series Championship in 1995. During his 15 year career in the Big Leagues, he caught a record 13 CY Young Award winning pitchers, some of which were Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Pat Hentgen, Dwight Gooden, and Bret Saberhagen.
He was also an innovator of the game and after getting smashed in his mask by one too many foul balls, Charlie came up with the idea for a new catcher's mask while watching a hockey game. The new hockey-style catcher’s mask made its Major League debut in 1996, while Charlie was with the Toronto Blue Jays. Along with the pioneering the hockey-style mask, he was also the first to wear colored catching gear and high top cleats.
In 1996, Charlie’s love of hunting lead him to purchase the Catch 22 Ranch, located in the rolling hills of Northeastern Oklahoma. Charlie and the Catch 22 Ranch have featured in several shows, including Mossy Oak’s Deer Thugs, featured on the Pursuit Channel. In addition to hunting at the Catch 22 Ranch, Charlie enjoys free-range hunting in multiple states all over the country.
In 2010, Charlie teamed up with Todd Wofford to form the company Charlie O' Products. In 2011 Charlie O' Products will introduce it's first product at the Atlanta and Perry Buckarama called "Charlie O's Doe Estrus, with 13 other products in production. Charlie will be on hand at both shows for autographs and picture sessions, along with group seminars.