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2019 Pitch & Hit Club 73rd Annual Awards Banquet

This year's 2019 Pitch and Hit Club 73rd Awards Banquet was held at the Tinley Park Convention Center on Sunday Jan 27, 2019. We experienced a full capacity crowd with nearly 400 attendees 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 73rd annual banquet.


Dan Plesac, former Chicago Cub and current analyst on MLB Network received the Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year Award


Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, longtime broadcaster of the Chicago White Sox will be inducted into the Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame.


Steven Korbel, founder Lincoln-Way Prospects - Youth Organization of the Year


Natalie Niekro, daughter of Joe Niekro and founder of the Joe Niekro Foundation - Mary Frances Veeck Woman of the Year Award


Pat Murphy, bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers, MLB Coach of the Year Award


Mike Medici (on the right), received the Nick Kamzic Scout of the year award. Also, pictured Ryan Borucki (left) pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays whom Mike signed.

Lineup of our 2019 Pitch and Hit Club Award Honorees

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, White Sox Broadcaster - Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame

Mike Medici, Nick Kamzic Scout of the Year Award -- Pictured is top left Herb Forkenbrock, top right Paul Kamzic, bottom left Ryan Borucki and bottom right Mike Medici

Joliet Slammers, Organization of the Year

Natalie Niekro, Mary Francis Veeck Woman of the Year Award

Steven Korbel, Youth Team of the Year

Dick Goss, Bill Gleason Sportscaster of the Year Award

Sean Mason, High School Coach of the Year Award

Dan Pleasac, Harry Caray Sportscaster of the year Award

Bill Fratto, Oakton Community College - College Coach of the Year

Pat Murphy, Milwaukee Brewers MLB coach of the Year Award


Bren Spillane, College Player of the Year Award

Corey Ray (Dad acctepting), Minor League Player of the Year Award

Mark Bajenski, Len DiForte Amateur Baseball Service Award

Jeff Syznal, Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson


Motluck Table and Guests


Dan Plesac, Hawk Harrelson, Jim Hall & Herb Forkenbrock

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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