Paul O'Neill Reveals He Still Gets Residual Checks From 'Seinfeld' Cameo

The longtime Yankees outfielder says the checks are for about $57 apiece.
Apr 5, 2024; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees former player Paul O'Neill prepares to throw the
Apr 5, 2024; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees former player Paul O'Neill prepares to throw the / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Paul O'Neill famously made a cameo on Seinfeld back in 1995, and apparently it is still paying off. On Thursday night, the New York Yankees broadcaster revealed he still receives residual checks from that appearance of about $57.

O'Neill was featured on the Season 7 episode "The Wink," which aired on October 12, 1995. At one point in the episode, Kramer promises a hospitalized boy that O'Neill will hit two home runs in a game for him. Kramer then meets with the All-Star in the clubhouse to tell him he has to do so, which is where O'Neill makes his appearance. He tells Kramer that promising two home runs is crazy, especially because he is not a power hitter.

During the fictitious game, which takes place off-screen, O'Neill hits a first-inning home run, then has an inside-the-park homer in the eighth. But the second home run is ruled a triple because of a fielding error. Kramer then convinces the boy that O'Neill will catch a ball in his hat the next day to make up for it.

On Thursday night, broadcaster David Cone asked O'Neill if he still gets residual checks, and he said, "Yeah, you know what they are? They're like 57 bucks. It's not big time. It's a good reminder though that you were on the show. It's kind of cool."

Seinfeld wasn't the only on-screen appearance O'Neill made. He also played himself in Little Big League.

O'Neill was a five-time All-Star and won five World Series titles as a player, four with the Yankees and one with the Cincinnati Reds. He won the American League batting title during the strike-shortened 1994 season, and his No. 21 jersey has been retired by the Yankees.


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