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Our next Pitch and Hit Club meeting will be THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13TH. We hope to see you there.

MEETINGS

All gatherings begin at 6:30 PM with a meal. Meeting to begin at 7 PM. There will be a Board of Directors meeting at 5:30 prior to the general meeting.

UPCOMING MEETING:

  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 AT JOLIET ROUTE 66 STADIUM, HOME OF THE FRONTIER LEAGUE CHAMPION JOLIET SLAMMERS (HALL-OF-FAME ROOM), 1 MAYOR ART SCHULTZ DRIVE, JOLIET.

GUEST SPEAKER - MICHAEL OSACKY - USPAP COMPLIANT APPRAISER OF VINTAGE SPORTS CARDS AND MEMORABILIA

Have you always wondered what those old baseball cards you have stored in your basement are worth? How about those autographs you collected back when you were a kid? Now you can find out. Bring them with you to the meeting. Mike has appraised world championship collections from former MLB and NBA athletes (Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees to name a few. He is an active collector of Pre-1970 sports cards, especially tobacco and Cracker Jack baseball cards. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio outlets in the Chicago area.

BANQUET TICKETS

This years' banquet will be held at the Tinley Park Convention Center. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE MEETING. THEY CAN ALSO BE PURCHASED AT OUR WEBSITE WITH A CREDIT CARD, AT PITCHANDHITCLUB.COM. Tickets are $75 per person or a table of ten for $750.00.

Among the honorees are Hawk Harrelson (Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame award), Ralph Peterson (Ron Santo Inspiration Award), Bren Spillane (College Player of the Year), and Pat Murphy MLB Coach of the Year), and Corey Ray (Chicago Area Minor League Player of the Year).

MEMBERSHIP

With the baseball season over, it's time to remind you to send in your 2018 dues for the Pitch and Hit Club. Dues have been reduced to $25.00. Whether you are currently an active member or a past member who has been inactive, we encourage you to become a part of the club. You can go to our website pitchandhitclub.com to fill out application and pay dues via credit card.


Ken Harrelson, MLB Broadcaster2019 Pitch & Hit Club 73rd Annual Awards Banquet

The Pitch & Hit Club is pleased to announce Ken "Hawk" Harrelson will be inducted into our Lou Boudreau Hall-of-Fame at our 73rd Annual Awards Banquet.

Harrelson played for four teams: the Kansas City Athletics, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians.

Ken Harrelson, Red SoxThe highlight of his playing career was 1967 when the Red Sox brought him in to replace the injured Tony Conigliaro and he helped the team win the pennant. They lost the World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. The following year he had his finest season making the American League All-Star team and leading the league with 109 RBI's.

Ken Hawk HarrelsonIn his nine-season career he slammed 131 home runs and 421 RBI's.

Hawk began his broadcasting career in 1975 with the Red Sox. He served as the White Sox announcer from 1982-85, and briefly left the booth to become GM in 1986. During the 1987-88 seasons he was play-by-play man for the New York Yankees. He returned to the White Sox in 1990.

 

 

2019 Pitch & Hit Club 73rd Annual Awards Banquet

More Award Winners added:

Mary Francis Vecck Award Winner - Natalie NiekroThe Pitch & Hit Club is pleased to announce that Bren Spillane, Natalie Niekro, and Ralph Peterson will be honored at our 73rd Annual Awards Banquet on January 27 at the Tinley Park Convention Center

Spillane, a Wheeling High School alum and former University of Illinois first baseman will be receiving the College Player of the Year Award.  Spillane had the best single season of any hitter in Illini history.  As a junior, Spillane put up huge numbers (.389/.498/.903) to earn 2018 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the year and Baseball America First Team All-American honors.  He was drafted 82nd overall (third round) by the Cincinnati Reds.

Natalie Niekro is the founder of the Joe Niekro Foundation committed to supporting patients and families via research, treatment, and awareness of brain aneurysms. In 2006 when her dad (Joe Niekro--22 year major league career) lost his life to a ruptured brain aneurysm and from this her passion grew to bring a great awareness to this devastating condition.

Ralph Peterson will be receiving the Ron Santo Inspiration Award.  Sadly, Ralph passed away last June.  He will be represented by his wife Cathy.  Peterson was the longtime president of Rosemoor Little League and the head baseball coach at South Shore College Prep.  Peterson devoted his life to baseball.  He never turned a kid away who couldn't afford to pay.  In 2017, he became a double-leg amputee.  Yet, against all odds, he continued coaching and working with kids on the City's far South Side.

BANQUET TICKETS

This years banquet will be held at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased at our website with a credit card, pitchandhitclub.com. Tickets are $75 per person or a table of ten for $750.00.

Tickets can be purchased using the online form below.
Questions? Please contact Bill Motluck at motluckw@sbcglobal.net or call (708) 805-1928.

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  • Banquet Ticket - Non-Member: $100 each
  • Banquet Ticket - Table of 10: $750 per table
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November Meeting at Slammer's Baseball Academy

The Pitch and Hit Club wants to give a big shout-out and thank you to the Slammers Baseball Training Academy for hosting our November 3rd meeting on Saturday morning in Lake Forest. Our thanks for the talks from Neal Cotts, Gary Bennett, and Ed Tolzien (all pictured). We hope to come back and make this a regular thing and appreciate the support.


Membership

With the baseball season over, it's time to remind you to send in your 2018 dues for the Pitch and Hit Club.  DUES HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO $25.00.  Whether you are currently an active member or a past member who has been inactive, we encourage you to become a part of the club.  Click here to renew your membership.


DID YOU KNOW THAT THE PITCH & HIT CLUB HAS EXPANDED ITS MEMBERSHIP FORMAT & FEE?

When the Pitch and Hit Club was organized 75 years back, the area scouts stepped up in order to stay in touch with one another and then honor their scouting  accomplishments. Soon the club added members of the front offices adding professional members from each the white sox and cubs organizations. Over the 75 years change has occurred in how each major league team has evolved with their scouting staffs. A few years ago we thought it might be a good idea to bring in some newer and innovative faces (both men and women) where we expanded our look to include the local college and high school coaches (former and present day) along with the professional staff's of the Chicagoland affiliated and independent baseball organizations, some members that are professional baseball agents and even some former and current minor and major league ball players.

Yes, things have changed, but for the good. It is time to join or re-join and see what the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicagoland is doing to day for baseball in the area.

Please note that this is far from the "good ole boys club.....It is an organization of hardworking people that want to keep the game growing and our organization growing in many beneficial ways to pass this along in the future.

With strong membership over the past few years, we have been fortunate enough to accomplish these things (a few areas are listed below) :

  • College Scholarships
  • Showcases for local high school player for a multitude of professional scouts.
  • Donations to MLB Scouts association
  • Donations to White Sox Charities
  • Donations to Cubs Care
  • Donations to Grandkids (part of the Curtis Granderson Foundation)
  • Donations to the Chicago Food Depository

In addition to all this we lowered our yearly membership fee to $25.00 where we usually have at least 6-7 meetings a year and we serve a light meal beforehand. Honestly our fee is a steal. It is time that we share this with our friends on Facebook, Snapchat, and other social media outlets

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OUR MEMBERSHIP FORM WHICH IS EASY TO COMPLETE.

BE PART OF A TRADTION RICH ORGANIZATION
75 YEARS STRONG & GROWING.

 
 

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.

 

 
 

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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