Tuesday, November 17, 2009

North Shore Baseball: Summer 2004 / 2005

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During the summer of 2004 / 2005 I played Sydney Major League baseball with North Shore Baseball Club. I have managed to locate my 1st grade pitching statistics from then, and considering I was playing park baseball during the winter, it was a step-up participating in so many 1st grade games, only two or three months later. Having so many excellent fielders behind me, like Daniel Glynn, Josh Sidwell, Rick McKnight, and Paul Bergan made life a lot easier, as I am by definition a ground ball pitcher. We didn't win as many games as we would have liked that season, but when I look at my own statistics, they are actually better than I remember. Throwing one complete game was special, an ERA of 6.25 wasn't too bad considering I threw 31.67 innings, and struck out 15 1st grade players. But having one precious win next to my name, that probably means the most to me. So many team mates have gone in new directions since that season, but I got to share that summer with them, and I hope they are all still enjoying baseball, either playing or watching the game.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Australian Baseball Photographer: Stephanie Zagalak

Baseball in Australia enjoys steady participation, and beyond the players who take the field for their respective clubs a collection of great people contribute towards the game with loyal support. These people are those who coach, score games, work in club canteens, administer clubs and playing leagues, and cheer the players on with words of encouragement. Baseball is also blessed to have those people who offer professional services, which in turn assist in documenting the history of the game and provide us with wonderful memories. Stephanie Zagalak can often be seen at baseball games all over Sydney, and at interstate and international competitions such as the recent Sydney 2009 World Masters Games. Stephanie's enthusiasm for baseball can be measured by her willingness to take public transport from one extremity of Sydney to the other, with her camera equipment packed tightly into a backpack, and energy to walk from bus stops and trains stations to playing fields tucked closely into suburban areas. The quality of Stephanie's work is outstanding, and if you have any baseball photography needs I wholeheartedly recommend her, as her interest for baseball is as commendable as the sharpness of her work. Please refer to this link to see some of Stephanie's photo galleries and photography services: http://munki.smugmug.com/Baseball

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My baseball baby photo

I have liked the New York Yankees a longtime, and as evidenced by this photograph everything I'm wearing has a NY Yankees logo on it. I even had a haircut which would meet the Yankees dress protocol too. The photo was taken by Jane Hill, my sister Rebecca's school friend, in September or October 1992. That was my first year of baseball as a 13 year old. The girl in the photograph is a family friend named Emily who I tried to charm. Please refer to these links for details of my baseball themed books: The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller and Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller.