Pitch & Hit News Archive


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.

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.

“We are very proud of the coaches and young men who have represented the Jackie Robinson League and Jackie Robinson family at the Little League World Series," Caliendo said.

"It is a great accomplishment showing that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. Our Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago believes strongly in the development of young players in the game and giving all players a chance to reach their dreams, That is the reason we donated for the trip to the Little League World Series."

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. But off the field, the game is also in pretty good shape as well. The Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago is one organization that helps bring awareness to the game. Read the entire article from Outside Pitch MLB.

Welcome to the new Pitch & Hit Club board members Mike Pinto, Manager Southern Illinois Minors Independent Professional Team and Steve Kashirsky, Chicago White Sox.

Tony La Russa at the American Baseball Coaches ConventionTony La Russa at the American Baseball Coaches Convention

Pitch and Hit Vice-President, Peter Caliendo and Tony La Russa spoke at the American Baseball Coaches Convention. Peter introduced Tony to the 5000 coaches and asked him questions plus brought him to the International meeting along with accepting his honors award at the luncheon.

Rich and Marty DelBoccio

Pitch & Hit Club Members Rich and Marty DelBoccio with the Schaumburg Boomers 2013 Frontier Cup Trophy

Andy Pafko

We are saddened to learn of the passing of long-time Pitch & Hit member and supporter, Andy Pafko. Andy was one of the last surviving members of the 1945 Chicago Cubs, the last Cubs team to appear in a World Series. He batted .298 with 110 RBI for the '45 Cubs. Andy would later play in three more World Series (Brooklyn Dodgers in '52 and Milwaukee Braves in '57 & '58). He played a total of 1,852 games over 17 seasons in the majors with 213 home runs and a lifetime average of .285. Some may remember that Andy appeared at a recent Pitch & Hit Club awards banquet and dazzled the crowd of 1,000 with his musical talents! In addition to being a great ballplayer, Andy was an accomplished accordionist. Andy Pafko was 92 years old. Thanks, Andy, for the memories!

Article from Chicago Tribue about Andy.

The city of Peoria, the Pitch and Hit Club and the baseball world in general was saddened today with news of the passing of long time Chiefs owner Pete Vonachen. Pete was a great ambassador for baseball as well as many charitable groups in the Peoria area. He was always a faithful dues paying member to our club. Our thoughts are with Rocky, his son, and the family.

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of our oldest and longest standing member, Russ Bower.
Russ was a member of the club for more than 50 years. He was a long-time employee of the Howe News Bureau, which was the official statistics service for Major League Baseball during Russ' tenure. Russ rarely missed a meeting or an annual banquet and was, for many years, found behind the badge table handing out membership badges at every banquet.

Check Presented to Dempster Family FoundationCheck Presentation at Wrigley Field

Pitch & Hit Club board members recently presented Ryan Dempster with a $1,000 check at Wrigley Field.

This was given to the Dempster Family Foundation from the Pitch & Hit Club in honor of Ryan's wife, Jenny who was recognized by the club as our "Mary Frances Veeck Woman of the Year" at this year's annual awards banquet.

Pictured from left to right, club treasurer Bill Motluck, Chicago Cub Ryan Dempster, club president Ken Miller and board member Dan DeCaprio.

An open letter to all members of the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago.....

Dear members,

As we reflect on a what was a fantastic annual awards banquet, I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for your help and support during my term as President of the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago.

We are bound by our common love of the great game of baseball and the people involved in the game at all levels.

A special thanks goes to our new President Ken Miller for all he has done to help me during my term and for all he has done for the club as a whole! I trust that you will continue to support and assist Ken during his term as President and that together, we will continue to work together to do good things for the game and enjoy the friendship, and fellowship that comes from being a part of the Pitch & Hit Club.

I am forever grateful to everyone who has helped the club and myself in any manner. I look forward to continuing to work with everyone for the betterment of the Pitch & Hit Club and baseball! Here's hoping that the 2012 season is a great one for all of us!

John Dittrich


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