Pitch & Hit Club Holds First Fall Meeting

The Pitch & Hit Club held their first fall meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at Comm's Corner in Lockport.

Guest speaker was Baseball Coach/Author Paul Babcock, a top Illinois high school baseball coach who played and coached with the legendary Gordie Gillespie who coached 58 years at Lewis University, College of St. Francis and Ripon College. His 1,893 wins were at the top of college baseball for many years.

Paul's new book, "The Team", is about having coached and played for the legendary Gillespie. The book highlites Gordie's secrets of what made him an incredible coach, leader, teacher and human being. It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and iTunes.

3rd Annual Kitty & Friends Cigar Social

President Herb Forkenbrock represented the club at the 3rd Annual Fundraising Event held on Monday, September 9 at the Chisox Bar & Grill.

Former White Sox great Ron Kittle started the charity in 1989. The organization has over $2,000,000 for cancer research and education.

Herb Forkenbrock & Sox Owner Jerry Reinsdorf

Ron Kittle, Herb Forkenbrock and Hall-of-Famer Harold Baines

Pitch & Hit Club Holds Annual Joliet Slammers Outing

On Sunday, August 18 the club held their annual outing at DuPage Medical Group Field.  In a thrilling finish, the Slammers edged the southern Illinois Miners 10-9.

DuPage Medical Group Field

Paul and Sue Kamzic

Dave Fitzpatrick, Ken Miller, and Steve Widler

Bill Motluck and Tony D’Anza

Pitch & Hit Club 2019 Presentation to the White Sox Charities

Pitch and Hit Club 2019 Presentation to White Sox Charities
Pictured are White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, club president Herb Forkenbrock, manager of White Sox youth baseball initiatives Anthony Olivo, club treasurer Bill Motluck, and board member Rich Budziak.

On Wednesday, August 14, prior to the White Sox-Astros game, the Pitch & Hit Club made its annual donation to White Sox Charities. The money donated came from proceeds from the Awards Banquet that was held in January.

Chicago White Sox Charities is a nonprofit corporation. They work tirelessly to lift up those most in need throughout the Chicagoland Area.

CWSC focuses on promoting youth education and advancement, sharing the love of the game through youth baseball initiatives, assisting children and families in crisis and championing those battling cancer. Since in inception in 1990, CWSC has donated more than $30 million to nonprofit organizations across the city and surrounding areas.

2020 Pitch & Hit Club 74th Annual Awards Banquet

The 2020 Pitch & Hit Club 74th Awards Banquet is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. More information will be available soon.


When the Pitch and Hit Club was organized 75 years back, the area scouts stepped up in order to stay in touch with one another and then honor their scouting  accomplishments. Soon the club added members of the front offices adding professional members from each the white sox and cubs organizations. Over the 75 years change has occurred in how each major league team has evolved with their scouting staffs. A few years ago we thought it might be a good idea to bring in some newer and innovative faces (both men and women) where we expanded our look to include the local college and high school coaches (former and present day) along with the professional staff's of the Chicagoland affiliated and independent baseball organizations, some members that are professional baseball agents and even some former and current minor and major league ball players.

Yes, things have changed, but for the good. It is time to join or re-join and see what the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicagoland is doing to day for baseball in the area.

Please note that this is far from the "good ole boys club.....It is an organization of hardworking people that want to keep the game growing and our organization growing in many beneficial ways to pass this along in the future.

With strong membership over the past few years, we have been fortunate enough to accomplish these things (a few areas are listed below) :

  • College Scholarships
  • Showcases for local high school player for a multitude of professional scouts.
  • Donations to MLB Scouts association
  • Donations to White Sox Charities
  • Donations to Cubs Care
  • Donations to Grandkids (part of the Curtis Granderson Foundation)
  • Donations to the Chicago Food Depository

In addition to all this we lowered our yearly membership fee to $25.00 where we usually have at least 6-7 meetings a year and we serve a light meal beforehand. Honestly our fee is a steal. It is time that we share this with our friends on Facebook, Snapchat, and other social media outlets




Meeting Schedule:

The next meeting of the Pitch & Hit Club will be on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place at Gatto's Italian Restaurant & Bar at 8005 183rd in Tinley Park. We will serve pizza and soft drinks. We will announce a speaker in the next few weeks.

Other meeting dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 12th
  • Tuesday, December 10th
  • Tuesday, January 7th
  • Tuesday, January 21st
  • Sunday, January 26th - 74th Annual Banquet at the TInley Park Convention Center.

Meetings start at 6:30 with a light meal followed by club business and a guest speaker.



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 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 2017 will be our 71st 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 Charities, White Sox Charities, Joe Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation, and 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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