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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.
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The Hit and Pitch Club in Honor Would like to salute one Chicago's all time Greatest Left Handed Pitchers

Former White Sox Great Billy Pierce Dies

Billy Pierce, one the most dominant left-handed pitchers in Chicago White Sox history, has passed away. He was 88. Pierce, whose No. 19 was retired by the Sox in 1987, was on the Hall of Fame Golden Era Committee ballot last year but failed to get in. The left-hander remains atop the franchise's career strikeouts list with 1,796, and is fourth in wins with 195. Read more.

Former White Sox, Billy Pierce

President Herb Forkenbrock Presents Check to White Sox Charities

The Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago presented a check to White Sox Charaties. Vice-President, Christine O'Reilly accepts the check from Pitch & Hit Club President Herb Forkenbrock on Thursday, June 18th.

Past President John Dittrich Presents Check to Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation

Past President John Dittrich Presents Check to Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation

The Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago, mindful of our roots, presented a check for $2,000 to the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation this past weekend at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. Pitch & Hit Honorary Chairman Roland Hemond, a founder of the Scouts Foundation, accepts the check from Past President John Dittrich at the Cubs-D'backs game on Friday, May 22.

Awarding a check to Cubs Care and Jennifer Nowak from the Pitch and Hit Club Awards Banquet.

Awarding a check to Cubs Care and Jennifer Nowak from the Pitch and Hit Club Awards Banquet
from left to right - Kellon McFarlin, Herb Forkenbrock and Jennifer Nowak (Cubs Care) then in front Carter Forkenbrock

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

Roland Hemond FieldD-backs honor legend Roland Hemond with new youth field

Family, D-backs front office members gather to celebrate one of the 'kings of baseball - Roland Hemond'

On Thursday, the D-backs, in conjunction with Arizona Public Service, dedicated the latest field in the "Diamonds Back" Youth Field Building Program to Hemond. The afternoon also served as a celebration of Hemond's lifetime of achievements in the game. Read more.

We are saddened today to learn of the passing of a coaching legend, Gordie Gillespie. Coach Gillespie was a member of our advisory board and his accomplishments in the sports world and the world in general were many. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Coach Gillespie's family and the many players he has mentored and coached over the years. Read more from the Herald-News.

The baseball world suffered a "double shock" yesterday when it was learned that in addition to losing the legendary collegiate coach, Gordie Gillespie, we also lost the great Minnie Minoso. Minnie is a long-time member of our "Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame" and has attended a number of our Annual Awards Banquets. He was an outstanding ambassador for our game and will be missed greatly by everyone in the baseball community around the world. Read more.

2015 Pitch & Hit Club 69th Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Tinley Park Convention Center on Sunday January 25, 2015 and was a SOLD OUT EVENT with over 450 people attending.

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Banquet Award Winners' Pictures

Curtis Granderson Celebrates his 2nd Annual Food Drive for the Chicago Food Depository

Pictured below are Hit and Pitch Club members (from left to right)
Bill Motluck, Steve Spielman Curtis Granderson, Felicia Shotkoski, Herb Forkenbrock

Pitch and Hit Club Members Bill Motluck, Steve Spielman Curtis Granderson, Felicia Shotkoski, and Herb Forkenbrock helped Curtis Granderson celebrate his 2nd annual food drive for the Chicago Food Depository at Moe's Cantina in Downtown Chicago on Wednesday Evening.

'5 Outs...' honored by Pitch & Hit Club of Chicagofrom Comcast News:
'5 Outs...' honored by Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago

What an honor for a trio of Comcast SportsNet producers. CSN's Ryan McGuffey, Sarah Lauch and David Kaplan were honored Sunday by the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago for their work producing "5 Outs...," the documentary chronicling the 2003 Chicago Cubs.
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from the Chicago Minor League Baseball Examiner
Chicago Baseball Celebration a Home Run Success

This past Sunday January 26th, the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago hosted their annual banquet honoring and celebrating the game of baseball. For the 68th time, the evening was a home run knocked out of the park. With over a dozen speakers on the night, the common theme among them all was family support and a pure passion for the game. If someone was ever unsure as to why the game of baseball is referred to as "America's Favorite Past Time," the speakers on hand confirmed that it is by leaps and bounds.

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Curtis Granderson GrandKids Foundation

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Pitch and Hit Club to Give Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers Award
Highlighting the 69th Annual Pitch and Hit Club's Banquet Sunday, Jan. 25, in Tinley Park will be the Jackie Robinson West national Little League champions, receiving their major off-season honors for their stunning feat that captured the hearts of the entire country. Read more.


Pitch and Hit Club Backs Little Leaguers
Among the many contributors who have stepped forth to support Chicago's Jackie Robinson West trip to the Little League World Series is the Pitch and Hit Club.

Pete Caliendo, club president, announced a $500 donation to the team.

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Game Of Baseball In Good Hands On And Off The Field
On the diamond, the game of baseball is certainly in good hands. The great thing about this game is that each day has a brand new story to tell. One of the most recent being Albert Pujols becoming the newest member of the 500 Home Run Club.

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Pitch & Hit Club Vice-President, Pete Caliendo with HOF Tony LaRussa at the ABCA convention in Dallas, Texas in January 2014.

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Learn more about Tony La Russa's new book One Last Strike.

"I wanted to write this book because there’s a story that answers the question I got asked at the end of last season: How did you club win the world championship, especially when you had to come from so far behind?" La Russa said. "This is the first time I went back and realized everything the club went through and overcame to be the champion -- big, big difference looking back instead of looking forward."

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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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