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.



Book Signing/Autograph Fund Raiser Family Day-Masonic Home of Virginia (Public Welcome)

Saturday October 10, 2015 10:00am- 2:00pm
Masonic Home of Virginia
500 Masonic Lane
Richmond, Va. 23223

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Book Signing/Autograph Fund Raiser Baseball Party-Fellowship Hall @ Severn Church (Public Welcome)

Saturday October 24, 2015 5:30pm- 7:30pm
Severn Church
9066 Robins Neck Rd
Naxera, Va. 23061

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Stated Meeting-Dinner Book Signing/Autograph Fund Raiser

Wednesday July 1, 2015 6:30pm- 8:00pm
Princess Anne Lodge No. 25 AF&AM
2849 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, Va. 23456

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Stated Meeting Dinner-Book Signing/Autograph Fund Raiser

Tuesday August 4, 2015 6:30pm- 9:00pm
South Norfolk Lodge No. 339 AF&AM
1307 Ohio St
Chesapeake, Va. 23324

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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.



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.




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