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2016 Pitch & Hit Club 70th Annual Award Dinner

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The 2016 Pitch and Hit Club awards banquets was held at the Tinley Park Convention Center on Sunday Jan 31, 2016. We experienced a near 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 70th annual banquet.

Award Recipients and Honorees

  • Major League Player of the Year: Curtis Granderson, New York Mets
  • Pitch and Hit Club Hall of Fame Inductee: Pat Hughes, Chicago Cubs Radio Announcer
  • MLB Comback Player of the Year: Nate Jones, Chicago White Sox
  • Bo Jackson Courage Award: Megan Bugg
  • Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year Award: Tom Shaer
  • Nick Kamzic Scout of the Year Award: Derek Lee
  • Mary Francis Veeck Woman of the Year Award: Heather Mills
  • Paul “Dizzy” Trout Ambassador Award: Kirby Smith
  • Chicago Area Minor League Player of the Year: Eric Aguilera
  • Len DiForte Amateur Baseball Service Award: Greg Blaesing of Rhino Baseball
  • Charlie Hum Club Service Award: Steve Spielman
  • College Player of the Year Award: Cory Ray
  • Jerome Holtzman Chicago Baseball Museum Award: Phil Bedella
  • Presidents Award: John Trautwein
  • Major League Coach of the Year: John Mallee, Chicago Cubs Hitting Coach

2015 Pitch & Hit Club Awards Dinner

Guest Speaker: Ron Coomer | Master of Ceremonies: Tom Shaer

Award Recipients and Honorees

  • Bo Jackson Courage Award: Karl Sieter, US Military All Stars
  • Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year Award: David Schuster WSCR Score Radio
  • Bill Gleason Sportswriter of the Year Award: Patrick Mooney of Comcast Sports Cable Television
  • Jack Brickhouse Lifetime Achievement Award: Dennis Gilbert, Founder Scouts Foundation
  • Meritorious Service Award: Roy Spencer
  • Nick Kamzic Scout of the Year Award: Troy Hoerner, Houston Astros
  • Mary Francis Veeck Woman of the Year Award: Jayne Simmons, Southern Illinois Miners Baseball Club
  • Paul “Dizzy” Trout Ambassador Award, Steve Trout presenting award: Jackie Robinson Team
  • Amateur Coach of the Year Award: Ernie Radcliffe, Morgan Park HS and Chicago Cubs RBI
  • Chicago Area Minor League Player of the Year: Jake Goebbert San Diego Padres
  • Len DiForte Amateur Baseball Service Award: Doug Murray, Chicago Scouts Association
  • Charlie Hum Club Service Award: Bill Motluck
  • College Player of the Year Award: Mark Payton, University of Texas
  • Jerome Holtzman Chicago Baseball Museum Award: Bob Vorwald of WGN TeleviDenny McLainsion Presentor George Castle
  • Presidents Award: Kerron Walker, B.I.G. Academy Chicago, IL
  • Ron Santo Inspiration Award: Sean Smith, York Revolution
  • Roland Hemond Chairman Award: John Cangelosi. Former MLB Player
  • Major League Executive of the Year: Dan Duquette General Manager Baltimore, Orioles
  • Lou Boudreau Award Presenter: Denny McLain - MLB's last 30 game winner

2014 Pitch & Hit Club Awards Dinner

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Mitch Williams of MLB Network to be Guest Speaker at 68th Annual Banquet
Master of Ceremonies: Tom Shaer
Music: Nancy Faust

Award Recipients and Honorees:

  • Bo Jackson Courage Award: Steve Delabar, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Bill Gleason Sportswriter of the Year: Pat Disabato
  • Nick Kamzic Scout of the Year: Harvey Kuenn Jr. , Milwaukee Brewers
  • Mary Frances Veeck Woman of the Year: Kim DeJesus
  • Paul "Dizzy" Trout Ambassador Award: Curtis Granderson, New York Mets
  • Charlie Hum Club Service Award: Tony D'Anza
  • Amateur Coach of the Year: Brian Hurry, Mt Carmel High School
  • Chicago Area Minor League Player of the Year: Dean Anna, New York Yankees
  • Minor League Executive of the Year: Andy Viano, Schaumburg Boomers
  • Len DiForte Amateur Service Award: Bill "Doc" Dwoinen
  • Organization of the Year: Pat Salvi, owner Gary Railcats and Schaumburg Boomers
  • MLB Manager of the Year: Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves
  • Jerome Holtzmann Award: Sarah Lauch, Ryan McGuffey and David Kaplan from Comcast SportsNet
  • Chicago Area MLB Player of the Year: Neal Cotts, Texas Rangers
  • Pitch& Hit Club Youth Courage Award: Danny Hyde, Niles Notre Dame High School
  • Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year: Todd Hollandsworth
  • President's Award: Hairston Family

2013 Pitch & Hit Club Awards Dinner

Tony LaRussa
Boston Red Sox scout Terry Sullivan spoke at the 67th Annual Pitch and Hit Club Awards Banquet.

Read Terry Sullivan's Speech

Tony LaRussa and Rich Goose Gossage inducted into the Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame at the Pitch & Hit Club 67th Annual Banquet.

View pictures and highlights from the banquet.

Award Recipients and Honorees:

  • Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame Inductee: Goose Gossage
  • Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame Inductee: Tony LaRussa
  • Broadcaster of the Year: Milo Hamilton
  • Major League Executive of the Year: Mike Rizzo, Washington Nationals
  • Chicago area MLB player of the year: George Kontos, San Francisco Giants
  • Minor League Manager of the Year: Mike Pinto, Southern Illinois Miners
  • Amateur Coach of the Year: Wayne King, Joliet Junior College
  • Mary Frances Veeck Woman of the Year: Amy Mason, Kane County Cougars
  • Nick Kamzic Scout of the Year: Terry Sullivan, Boston Red Sox
  • Paul Dizzy Trout Ambassador Award: Tyrone Brooks, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • College Player of the Year: Luke Andrade, Joliet Junior College
  • Bo Jackson Courage Award: James Fuller, Niles North High School
  • Bill Gleason Sportswriter of the Year: Bruce Miles
  • Len DiForte Amateur Baseball Service Award: Bill Slight Wheaton White Sox
  • Chicago Area Minor League Player of the Year: Mike Foltynewicz Houston Astros
  • Chicago Baseball Museum Jerome Holtzman Award: Paul Dickson
  • Minor League Executive of the Year: Josh Olerud Potomac Nationals
  • Charlie Hum Club Service Award: Dave and Debbie Cook Hoosier Bat
  • President's Award: Rich & Marty Del Boccio
  • and, Special Recognition to the 70th Anniversary of the AAGPBL (All American Girls Professional Baseball League)

2012 Pitch & Hit Club Awards Dinner

A packed house greeted an all-star lineup at this year's annual awards banquet.

There were numerous highlights throughout the evening starting with a spectacular rendition of the National Anthem by Grammy Award winning artist Jim Peterik and Chicago's own Lisa McClowry and capped off by Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, who held the audience spellbound!

Award Winners

  • Guest of Honor: Hall-of-Famer Andre Dawson
  • Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame Inductee: David Dombrowski, President and General Manager, Detroit Tigers
  • Chicago Area Major League Player of the Year: Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
  • Jerome Holtzman Award presented by The Chicago Baseball Museum: Minnie Minoso, Chicago White Sox
  • Dizzy Trout Baseball Ambassador Award: Roland Hemond, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Mary Frances Veeck Woman of the Year: Mrs. Jenny Dempster, Chicago Cubs and Dempster Family Foundation
  • Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year: Dan Roan, WGN Television
  • Nick Kamzic Scout of the Year: Kris Gross, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Bill Gleason Sportswriter of the Year: Scott Merkin, MLB.com
  • Major League Executive of the Year: Doug Melvin, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Minor League Executive of the Year: Bill Waliewski, Joliet Slammers
  • Chicago Area Minor League Player of the Year: Casey Crosby, Detroit Tigers
  • Chicago Area College Player of the Year: Jeff Holm, Michigan State University
  • Chicago Area Amateur Coach of the Year: Justin Fleener, Teutopolis Wooden Shoes
  • Bo Jackson Courage Award: Jack Deheer, Roy Hobbs Baseball
  • Len DiForte Amateur Baseball Service Award: Al Budding
  • Charlie Hum Club Service Award: Jim Hall
  • Pitch & Hit Club President's Award: Old Timers Baseball Association of Joliet

2009 Pitch & Hit Club Awards Dinner

Award Winners

  • Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame: Jim Thome
  • Bo Jackson Courage Award: Adam Bender
  • Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year: Bruce Levine
  • Bill Gleason Sportswriter of the Year: Dave Van Dyck
  • Nick Kamzic Scout of the Year: Steve Miller
  • Mary-Frances Veeck Woman of the Year: Joan Gillespie
  • Dizzy Trout Ambassador Award: Minnie Minoso
  • Charlie Hum Club Service Award: Terry Ayers
  • High School Coach of the Year: Robin Renner
  • College Coach of the Year: Jim Brownlee
  • Chicago White Sox Player of the Year: Carlos Quentin
  • Chicago Cubs Player of the Year: Geovany Soto
  • Major League Executive of the Year: Randy Bush
  • Major League Umpire of the Year: Tim McClelland
  • Chicago Area Minor League Player of the Year: Mike Eifel
  • Chicago Rookie of the Year: Michael Bowden
  • Minor League Executive of the Year: Steve Tahsler
  • Meritorious Service Award: Steve Schmidt
  • Amateur Baseball Service Award: Enrico Heirman
  • Jerome Holtzman Award: Dr. David Fletcher
 
 

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