A Pirates Journey

The Life Story of Major League Catcher Hank Foiles with Douglas Williams

Years ago Virginia native Hank Foiles was one of the notables among catchers in Major League Baseball. Prior to that, he was an exceptional high school athlete who excelled in football, track and baseball for Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia. In his newly released autobiography, A Pirate's Journey, (Infinity Publishing, Oct. 2011) Foiles traces his steps from his boyhood days, to stardom in scholastic sports and on to the big leagues, where he played for 11 seasons. He shares stories about his time with the Cincinnati Reds, the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles. However, looking back on his career, he lists his fondest baseball memories as those from his years as a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he hit the top of his game and was named to the National League All-Star team.

Hank recalls in detail, the hazards of catching the greatest knuckleballer of them all, hall of famer, Hoyt Wilhelm as well as his early days in pro baseball when he worked to instill confidence in the Indians' young fire-balling southpaw, Herb Score. "Baseball was a lot different during my career," he explains. "The business dealings, as well as the game itself, were nothing like they are today."

In his life story, Foiles gives us a personal inside look at what baseball was like and what it meant to be a major leaguer back during a time when the game was truly our national pastime.

 

Appearances

Book Signing - Fund Raiser

(RESCHEDULED)

Thursday February 27th 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Colonial Beach Mason and Eastern Star Lodges
Lodge #199 500 Washington Ave. Colonial Beach, Va. 22443
Map & Directions

 

Williamsburg Film Festival


March 6th, 7th, (Thur. Fri.) 9:00A.M. to 4P.M.
March 8th (Sat.) 9:00A.M. to Noon
Holiday Inn Patriot Convention Center
3032 Richmond Rd.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Map & Directions

 

Membership Fund Raiser- Autograph Event

Monday July 7th 6:30P.M. to 9:00P.M.
Westhampton Masonic Lodge No. 302
9290 Three Chopt Rd.
Henrico, Virginia 23229
Map & Directions

Recent

Annual Hot Stove Dinner

Monday January 13th 6:00 PM to 9:00PM
Chesapeake Athletic Club
3544 Argonne Ave.
Norfolk, Virginia 23509
Map & Directions

 


 

 

 

About The Author

With an ongoing interest in baseball that began at an early age, Douglas Williams pursues the history of the game by connecting with many of the people who helped shape it. His quest to preserve and record the game's past has led him to assemble one of the finest private collections of baseball autographs and memorabilia extant, including many one-of-a-kind artifacts that would place on the high end of any appraiser's scale.

By traveling extensively across the country to meet and visit with former major leaguers, Williams has accumulated many stories from these veteran players and their families, some of which have been published in newspapers, hobby magazines and his other books. Williams recently co-authored Always A Yankee, the autobiography of former All-Star pitcher of the New York Yankees, Jim Coates as well as So Many Summer Fields, his first baseball book which outlines some of the special friendships which developed as a result of his efforts to personally explore the game's past.

 

 

Personal Appearances / Book Signings / Autograph Events

Former NL All-Star catcher, Hank Foiles and his co-author, Douglas Williams are available for book signings and personal autograph events to help with your charity and fund raising projects. For approved causes, a generous portion of the sales from each copy of A Pirate's Journey, sold at your event will be donated to promote the work of your church, civic group, school or relief organization. Contact us for more information.

 

Aruba

Hank enjoyed meeting baseball fans in Aruba (Dec. 2012)

4 Musketeers

Golden Days of Baseball was a big part of the 2013 Williamsburg Film Festival in Williamsburg, Va. March 8, 2013.
The Hot Stove discussion panel consisted of (Left to right) Doug Williams- co-author "A Pirate's Journey, Pirates' all-star catcher, Hank Foiles, Al Clark- veteran American League umpire and Jim Coates, former Yankees' all-star pitcher.

 

 

Merchandise

Hank 8x10

Autographed Photograph (8X10)


8"X10" photograph personally signed
by Hank Foiles.

Hank Poster

Autographed Poster (16x20)


16"x20" poster personally signed
by Hank Foiles.

Hank Book Small

Autographed Book


Original copy of A Pirates Journey personally
signed by Hank Foiles & Doug Williams