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Announcing our 70th Pitch and Hit Club Banquet & Ticket Information

Sunday January 31, 2016 at the Tinley Park Convention Center (18451 Convention Center Drive at Harlem Ave just north of Interstate-80) with notable Chicago professionals (both Major League and Minor League) from athletes to the front offices and including several amateur individuals that help make the game of baseball better in the Chicagoland area.

Announcing our 70th 2015 Pitch and Hit Awards

CURTIS GRANDERSON - Major League Player of the Year (New York Mets - Chicago resident)
JOHN MALLEE - Major League Coach of the Year (Chicago Cubs Hitting Coach)
PAT HUGHES - 2016 Pitch and Hit Club Hall of Fame Inductee (long time Chicago Cub Radio Announcer)
NATE JONES - MLB Comeback Player of the Year - Chicago White Sox
GREG BLAESING of Rhino Baseball - Len Deforte Amateur Service Award
STEVE SPIELMAN - Charlie Humm Club Service Award
MEGAN BUGG - Courage Award
KIRBY SMITH - Dizzy Trout Ambassador Award
HEATHER MILLS - Mary Frances Veeck Woman of the Year
CORY RAY - College Player of the Year
ERIC AGUILERA - Minor League Player of the Year
COMCAST SPORTS NET - Jerome Holtzman Award (Presented by Chicago Baseball Museum)
TOM SHAER - Harry Caray Broadcasting Award
JOHN TRAUTWEIN - President’s Award

John Mallee, Major League Coach of the Year 2016 Award Winner

John Mallee, Major League Coach of the Year 2016
John Mallee, Major League Coach of the Year 2016 Award Winner (Chicago Cubs Hitting Coach) pictured with Herb Forkenbrock Pitch and Hit Club President.

2015 Pitch and Hit Club Member Renewal

Fellow Pitch and Hit Club Members it is that time of the year to renew your membership and we have a few more added outings... i.e. June 10, 2015 Baseball Game at Silver Cross Field with more details to come next month. With our meetings beginning again in October along with a catered dinner.
Please click here for online Membership Renewal.

Pitch & Hit Club Giving Support to Curtis Granderson"Grandkids" Foundation

In its third year on November 19th at the Chicago night club Tunnel, Curtis Granderson hosted his Grandkids Giving which has become the largest growing fundraiser in the Chicago area supporting the Chicago Food Depository. The month-long giving campaign, complimented by an Evening of Giving Reception, which is also supported by Pitch and Hit Club and thousands of Chicagoan's.

Pictured here are (from left to right) board members Bill Motluck, Al Budding, Kellon McFarlin, CURTIS GRANDERSON, Herb Forkenbrock

For Mets' Curtis Granderson, playoff games in Chicago are a homecoming

Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson, from Chicago's south suburbs, has been the leadoff batter in his team's 2-0 series lead over the Cubs. Granderson, who graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, still calls the city his off season home. Curtis is also a member and big contributor to the Chicago Pitch and Hit Club as the Pitch and Hit Club are contributors to Curtis's yearly drive for the Chicagoland Food Depository.

How Curtis Granderson is Expanding the Scope of Baseball

He has been easy to overlook because of all the talent that has entered the room these past few weeks and months. David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud returned, to great fanfare. Yoenis Cespedes and Tyler Clippard arrived to great acclaim.

Yet it is Curtis Granderson who has been the steady, regular influence in the Mets’ lineup, at the top of the batting order. The one guy who was there in the heady peaks of April, the numbing days of early summer, and, lately, the resurgent excitement of a pennant-race September. Read more.

Al Budding and Ohio State Buckeyes Honored

Al Budding (Present Board member and Secretary of the Chicago Pitch and Hit Club) and 25 other Ohio State Buckeyes gathered Sept. 12th to unite and be honored at the Ohio State Hawaii football game in front of 108,000 fans. The reason being was to start celebrating what has been called "The Golden Age of Ohio State Baseball". Al played on teams that won, 3 Big Ten Championships and 3 Midwest Regional Championships in 65, 66, and 67. During that same time the Buckeyes made 3 trips to the College World Series. The Bucks finished 2nd in 1965 and then won the 1966 NCAA National Championship. The remembering will continue for all 3 of these teams marking 50 years since these titles.

Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Ron Coomer

2015 Pitch and Hit Club Honoree
Chicago Cubs
9 Years MLB Career
Color Analyst Chicago Cubs
A.L. All Star Team 1999
Played for Current Board Member Jim Hall at Lockport IL High School

Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson (Grandy Man) whom is a Chicago Pitch and Hit Club Member is having an outstanding season. Congratulations to our own Curtis Granderson for breaking a Mets' franchise record this year with seven lead-off home runs!

The Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago also wants to congratulate Curtis for leading the Mets to the National East Crown this season. Continue on Curtis we are cheering for you.


Awarding Curtis Granderson a Check for his foundation Grand-Kids

Awarding Curtis Granderson a Check for his foundation Grand-Kids
from left to right - Kellon McFarlin, Curtis Granderson (MY Mets), Herb Forkenbrock, and Jim Hall then in front Carter Forkenbrock



Meeting Schedule

  • 70th Pitch and Hit Club awards Banquet
    January 31st, 2015
    at 4 pm
    Location - Tinley Park Convention Center






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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 nearly 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 31, 2016 will be our 70th 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 Care, White Sox Charities, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), and recently 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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