The PitcHitter Story
When I was nine years old and began playing little league baseball, my dad bought me a training aid and set it up in our driveway. It was called the Larry Sherry Pitch Back. It was the best way to practice basic fundamentals like throwing, catching and fielding.
I have so many fond memories of playing with the Pitch Back for hours perfecting my skills. With my powder blue transistor radio turned on to Vin Scully calling a Dodger game, my friends and I would play a simulated game. The game was like over the line but without a batter, just a pitcher throwing to the Pitch Back, pretending we were Sandy Koufax or Don Drysdale.
My passion for playing baseball was renewed when my son Jordan began playing T-ball. Teaching him how to pitch, I was his catcher. While he practiced throwing, I always felt there should be something to represent a batter in the batter’s box. So I began placing a catcher’s mitt in the batter’s box, then a bucket, but it was too dangerous because balls would bounce off of it in every direction! Then I tried grinding the bat upright into the dirt only to have it fall or have the wind constantly blow it over.
Then at Jordan’s pitching lesson, his coach rolled out a tall metal pole on a round umbrella base, which he set in the batter’s box, to represent a batter. Jordan and I looked at each other and had an “aha” moment.
That’s when I began to develop the PitcHitter™. It’s the world’s only patented combo pitching aid and batting tee for youth baseball players who want to practice their pitching and batting skills in a fun way. Just like I remember when I was a little kid learning how to pitch. The PitcHitter is a real game changer!