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2015 Pitch & Hit Club 69th Annual Awards Banquet to be held Tinley Park Convention Center

Tinley Park Convention Center
Tinley Park Convention Center

Thank you for your support but the Dinner is sold out.
Questions? Please contact Bill Motluck at or call (708) 805-1928.


Pitch and Hit Club Awards Nominations

Guest Speaker: Ron Coomer
Master of Ceremonies: Tom Shaer

  • 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 Television Presentor George Castle
  • Presidents Award:
    Kerron Walker, B.I.G. Academy Chicago, IL
  • Denny McLainRon 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



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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Peter CaliendoThe 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 out nearly 7 decade tradition of honoring the peol 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 will be our 69th 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 baeball-related causes such as The Professional Baseball Souts Foundation, Cubs Care, White Sox Charities, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), and recently Jackie Robinson West Leille League. 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.

Yours For Better Baseball, Peter M. Caliendo, President

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