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Pitch and Hit Club Activities for 2017:

May 24th: Cubs Outing vs. Giants at 7:05 pm
We have a limited number of tickets and limit each member to purchase 2 tickets at $45 each (section 208--on the left field side).

June 26th: Sox Outing vs. Yankees at 7:10 pm
This will include the game ticket in the lower level right field side of the park plus 2 hours of unlimited food in the picnic area. Costs here are $62 if you are a senior (60 and over) or your kids the cost will be $41.00.

Tickets are now available for the June 26 Pitch & Hit Club Outing to Guaranteed Rate Field to watch the White Sox battle the New York Yankees. Game time is 7:10. The Club will host a pre game Patio Party. Your ticket price includes the following:

** Lower level game ticket.
** Two hour, all-inclusive food and beverage buffet beginning at 5:40, before heading to your game seats.
** All-you-can-eat Bertucci Buffet includes fried chicken, Cajun chicken, BBQ ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, side salads, Coca-Cola products and beer.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults $62.00. Seniors (60+) and children 13 and under $41.00.

To purchase tickets with a credit card, click here. Tickets will be mailed out in early June. DEADLINE IS MAY 25. If you have any further questions please contact Bill Motluck at 708-805-1928 or

Includes members, prospective members and friends and family - A Great Time To Be Had By All !!!

August 9th: Slammers Outing vs. Windy City Thunderbolts

Still to be scheduled:
Windy City Thunderbolts Outing
Kane County Cougars Outing
Baseball Clinic for coaches (one or two - TBD).

The Pitch and Hit Club Congratulates Tim Anderson of the White Sox on his new contract, whom was our recent award winner (2017 Banquet) for our Chicago Pitch and Hit Club Rookie of the Year Award.White Sox shortstop, Tim Anderson

White Sox sign shortstop Tim Anderson to record six-year, $25 million contract

Anderson made his major league debut in 2016, playing 99 games for the White Sox. He hit .283/.306/.432 with 22 doubles, six triples, and nine home runs. There’s definitely room for growth and improvement, as there is with every young player, but that’s extremely good for his first time in the majors.

It might seem strange for the White Sox to give out a contract extension to a player who’s spent just four months in the majors, but it’s right in line with their philosophy.

2017 Pitch & Hit Club 71st Annual Awards Banquet Pictures

This years 2017 Pitch and Hit Club awards banquets was held at the Tinley Park Convention Center on Sunday Jan 29, 2017. We experienced a full capacity crowd highlighted by the award winner presentations, the autograph tables, and a nice assortment of memorabilia for our guests. We want to thank all that came out to share the great night at the 71st annual banquet.

Congratulations to all the Pitch & Hit Club Award Winners.
Click on pictures to enlarge.

Bill Haller
Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame
Retired MLB Umpire

Bernie Gerl, Bo Jackson Courage Award
Bernie Gerl
Bo Jackson Courage Award

Lou Collier, Dizzy Trout Ambassador Award
Lou Collier
(Retired MLB Player)
Dizzy Trout Ambassador Award


Armi Bambino, Len Diforte Amateur Baseball Service Award
Armi Bambino
Len Diforte Amateur Baseball Service Award

Rich and Marty Del Boccio, Charlie Humm Service Award
Rich and Marty Del Boccio
Charlie Humm Service Award

Susan Hemond Dent, Mary Francis Veeck Woman of the Year Award
Susan Hemond Dent
Mary Francis Veeck Woman of the Year Award


Zack Burdi, Chicagoland Minor League Player of the Year Award
Zack Burdi
Chicago White Sox

Chicagoland Minor League Player of the Year Award

Kevin Coe, Pitch and Hit President's Award
Kevin Coe
Pitch and Hit President's Award

Jason Benetti, Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year Award
Jason Benetti
White Sox Broadcaster

Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year Award


Tim Anderson, Chicago Rookie of the Year Award
Tim Anderson,
Chicago White Sox
Chicago Rookie of the Year Award

Paul Stevens, Lifetime Achievement Award
Paul Stevens
Northwestern University

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mark Smith, Ron Santo Inspiration Award
Mark Smith,
Head Baseball Coach Providence High School

Ron Santo Inspiration Award


Brian Storako, Amateur Coach of the Year
Brian Storako,
Head Baseball Coach Lemont High School
Amateur Coach of the Year Award

Jeff Stewart
Nick Kamzic Professional Scout of the Year Award

Roland Hemond
Presentation to Roland Hemond
Honorary Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Pitch and Hit Club

Pitch and Hit Club Member Renewal

Fellow Members and prospective members, it is time to renew or join the club for 2017. DUES HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO $25 for the year.
Please click here for online Membership Application.


(FYI there are 2 minutes of commercials preceding the interview)

Len Diforte, Long time Pitch and Hit Club Member
Long time Pitch and Hit Member, Len Diforte (middle).
Also, pictured is Past-President of Pitch and Hit Club, Pete Caliendo (left) and Beverly Caliendo (right).

Lou Collier's Stars Practice at Curtis Granderson Stadium at UIC
Lou Collier's Stars Practice at Curtis Granderson Stadium at UIC
Lou Collier, Angela Christino (Beyond the Diamond), Derrick May (St. Louis Cardinals Hitting Coach) and Herb Forkenbrock

Pitch and Hit Club Donation to White Sox Charities
Pitch and Hit Club Presentation to White Sox Charities

Members Outing at Joliet Slammers
Pitch and Hit Club Members Outing at the Joliet Slammers in August 2016


Pitch and Hit Club presented check for Cubs Charities

Pitch and Hit Club presented check for Cubs Charities

At today's (7/20/16) Cubs game the Pitch and Hit Club presented to the Cubs a sizable check for Cubs Charities....pictured from Left to right are members Bill Motluck (treasurer), Kellon McFarlin (board member), Connie Falcone (Cubs Charities) Herb Forkenbrock (president), Russ Gangler (member).

Presentation to
the Joe Maddon
Respect 90 Foundation

Presentation to the Curtis Granderson "Grandkids" foundation form the Chicago Pitch and Hit Club

Corey RayPitch and Hit Club 2016 Honoree (Chicago Area Collegiate Player of the Year; COREY RAY - A Simeon Grad, Louisville OF, is chosen 5th in the 2016 MLB Draft

Congratulations from the Chicago Pitch and Hit Club!!

Pitch and Hit Club's Ken Miller receives Illinois "Coaches" Hall of
Fame Call

Ken Miller admits to being like a lot of young people when he left high school.

"I was one of those people that probably went to college for all of the wrong reasons. I went to be an athlete," the long-time Coal City coach said. "But once I was there, I started to realize all of the people that impacted me at a coaching level. It was really all I wanted to be."

After a four year stint at now consolidated Cornell High School (students in that community now attend Flanagan High School), Miller landed at Coal City, where he became something of a coaching utility knife. He coached the baseball team and the basketball team and, when the school instituted football in the fall of 1978, he jumped in there too as an assistant.

Over the course of the next 37 years, Miller became a fixture in the coaching staffs of many successful Coal City football teams. Last year, Miller elected to step down from the coaching ranks, and it marked the first time in nearly 50 years where Miller wasn't coaching some sport, somewhere.

That overwhelming commitment to student athletes didn't go unnoticed by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association, as they have selected Miller to enter the organization's Hall of Fame. The 2016 class will be inducted on Saturday, April 2 in Champaign.

"I'm just very humbled by it all," Miller said. "It's probably one of the greatest honors I've ever had. I've always felt that one of the highest compliments someone can call you is to call you coach. I've been very blessed."

Miller never treated the coaching facet of his job as anything like a job.

"I was always something I very much looked forward to doing," Miller said. "At the end of a day of a classwork, it was a pleasure to go outside and help young kids in a way that you just can't in the classroom."

It would be easy for Miller to point to the 1993 season, the year that the Coalers captured the Class 2A state title as the highlight of his coaching career. But Miller really doesn't; he counts pretty much all of it among the highlights.

"I've coached for a very long time, and when you do that, you might take some of it for granted," Miller said. "I've tried not to. I've always felt very fortunate to do what I love to do for as long as I've done."

Although Miller willingly hung up his coaching whistle last season, he remains connected to Coal City and serves as the School Board President and remains connected to sports through his work as director of community relations for the Joliet Slammers, a Frontier League Independent Baseball team.

"I wasn't looking for the job; it just kind of came to me," Miller said. "And it's been a great thing. It allows me to stay connected to sports. And I'm happy to have it. Sports has given me everything I have. I'm happy to try to give some back."





Meeting Schedule

Please note meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Please check the meetings tab for updates and more information.

Meetings start at 6:30 with a light meal followed by club business and a guest speaker.

  • Sept 13th - General Meeting - TBD
  • Oct 11th - General Meeting at White Sox Ballpark
  • Nov 8th - General Meeting at White Sox Ballpark
  • Dec 13 - General Meeting at White Sox Ballpark
  • Jan 10th, 2018 - General Meeting at White Sox Ballpark



The mission of the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago is to expand, develop and promote the great game of baseball at all levels. We are particularly interested in reaching out to the youth of our communities to increase involvement in baseball here in the Chicagoland area. We continue our 7 decade tradition of honoring the people who have given so much to the game from the youth and amateur levels all the way to the major leagues! Our upcoming annual awards dinner in January 2017 will be our 71st event honoring true baseball heroes!

Thanks to the hard work of our Board and Club Members along with the support of the community, we are able to continue our time honored commitments, donating a portion of our dinner proceeds to numerous great baseball-related causes such as The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, Cubs Charities, White Sox Charities, Joe Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation, and the Grand-kids Foundation (Curtis Granderson). As club president, I pledge to continue the good work done by previous presidents and club members dating back to our club's inception in 1942.

Herb Forkenbrock, President

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