GBA’s Family Appreciation Day!!

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The Glencoe Baseball Association (GBA) hosted a Family Appreciation Day for current and former GBA players, coaches and their families.  The event was held on Sunday, May1 and ran from noon to 2:00 pm at Bronco Field.  The weather was perfect for the event!

Through this event the GBA thanked players, coaches and families for their support of and participation in Glencoe’s community based baseball programs. We opened the festivities with the singing of the National Anthem.  This was followed by Ross Baumgarten, graduate of GBA programs and former White Sox pitcher, throwing out the first pitch to prize winner Zachary Salberg who won the honor in a random drawing.   Each team and player was then introduced individually as the player ran to Home Plate.  We held raffles throughout the event giving away GBA Under Armour Game Day shirts and GBA embroidered hats.  The players participated in a series of Skills Competitions including: Road Runner (timed event of running the bases), Willie Mays Plays (a game of throwing accuracy from center field to Home Plate), Around the World (a timed team event of throwing the ball around the field) and of course, the FAN FAVORITE The Sultan of Swat (we don’t have to explain this one, do we??)  At the end of the day we drew for the big prizes: Sox and Cubs tickets (donated by GBA Board Members), two Wilson A2000 mitts (donated by Wilmette Sport) and a Family Season Pass to the Glencoe Beach (donated by the Glencoe Park District).  We had Concessions of hot dogs, soda, nachos, and peanuts and Cracker Jack throughout the day.  It was one of the best days of Spring!!

The winners of the Skills Competitions are as follows:

Road Runner: Mustang Level – Aaron Schatz; Bronco Level – Evan Miller

Willie Mays Plays: Mustang Level – Zachary Salberg; Bronco Level – Eamon Gover (in a “throw off”)

Around the World: Mustang Level – Team Owlz; Bronco Level – Team Jaxx

Sultan of Swat: Mustang Level – Ben Schechter; Bronco Level – Ben Nixon

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The National Anthem
First Pitch from Ross Baumgarten
Catcher Zachary Salberg meets Pitcher Ross Baumgarten
Former Major Leaguer Ross Baumgarten talks to the crowd at GBA's Family Appreciation Day
Ross Baumgarten signing baseballs for fans at GBA's Family Appreciation Day
Zachary Salberg with signed baseball
Willie Mays Plays
Get your Cracker Jack right here!
Road Runner
She's flying!!

THE GBA WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO WAS ABLE TO ATTEND!!  WE ARE ALREADY PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR.  SEE YOU ON THE BALL FIELDS!!