NEW: The Haddock Foundation Sponsored a Successful Summer Baseball Camp Hosted by TCL Teams
This summer The Haddock Foundation sponsored the first annual baseball camp. This two-day program was hosted and run by three teams in the Texas Collegiate League - the Brazos Valley Bombers, Acadiana Cane Cutters, and the East Texas PumpJacks. The camps were a great success and we look forward to sponsoring the camp again in 2014!
Congratulations to the Brazos Valley Bombers of the Texas
Collegiate League on their #1 National Ranking
The Haddock Foundation congratulates the Brazos Valley Bombers on finishing first in the nation's summer baseball league clubs! This summer the Bombers played a fantastic season. Not only are they the Texas Collegiate League champions, but they have also achieved national recognition by PerfectGame.org, a nationally recognized baseball scouting organization. Gerald Haddock, Commissioner of the Texas Collegiate League, says, "The Brazos Valley Bombers are an excellent team and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the players and team develop. They represent what the Texas Collegiate League has aspired to achieve. I congratulate them on their #1 national ranking. You can expect more great things from this team and the others in the league."
PerfectGame.org has featured the Brazos Valley Bombers in two articles. You can check out both here:
Congratulations to the Brazos Valley Bombers on being #1 in the nation!
Gerald Haddock Named Commissioner of the
Texas Collegiate League
The Haddock Foundation is proud to announce that Gerald Haddock has been named Commissioner of the Texas Collegiate League for the 2013 season. Mr. Haddock has been actively involved in the League since its inaugural season in 2004. Mr. Haddock stated, “I am extremely pleased and honored to have been selected by the team owners to serve in this capacity, and we look forward to demonstrating our ability to compete at the highest levels.”
The teams in the league for the 2013 season are:
- Acandiana Cane Cutters, Youngsville, LA
- Alexandria Aces, Alexandria, LA
- Brazos Valley Bombers, Bryan, TX
- East Texas Pump Jacks, Kilgore, TX
- McKinney Marshals, Dallas, TX
- Victoria Generals, Victoria, TX
- Woodland Strykers, Spring, TX
The season begins on May 30, 2013. To view the complete schedule visit http://www.texascollegiateleague.com/schedule/league/
The mission of the Haddock Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
corporation, is to foster national and international amateur sports
competition. Gerald Haddock, a lifetime sports
enthusiast and minority owner and General Counsel of the Texas Rangers from
1989 to 1998, is President of the Haddock Foundation.
The Haddock Foundation currently serves as the general
partner of the Texas Collegiate Baseball League, Ltd. (“TCL”), a summer wood
bat league for talented baseball players seeking professional careers. The TCL was co-founded by a company controlled
by Mr. Haddock and Wayne Poage, former Dallas Baptist Athletic Director.
In 2007, the TCL licensed the operating rights for the baseball
league to a reorganized TCL and the Haddock Foundation remains involved through
active oversight and promotion of the licensed teams.
The TCL played its inaugural season in the summer of 2004 with eight teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These teams had some of the best collegiate players from around the country and developed a strong fan base.
Randy Galloway, a part owner of the Weatherford Wranglers during the first season and sports columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, noted in an article that “the league attracted premier college players from all over the country, giving them another option from the already established collegiate summer leagues.” His full statement is available by clicking here.
Jim Reeves, also an original owner of the Weatherford Wranglers and a retired sports columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, calls the players in the league “fresh and exciting” and “the competition both thrilling and grueling.” Jim’s full statement is available here.
Since the opening season, more than 300 talented TCL players have been drafted by major league teams. Notable league alumni include:
Brandon Belt – San Francisco Giants
Clay Buchholz – Boston Red Sox
Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
Adam Moore – Seattle Mariners
Hunter Pence – San Francisco Giants
The TCL is currently represented by more than 250 players from 91 different colleges and universities. Some of the schools sending their standout players to TCL include the University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Baylor University, Cal State Fullerton, Dallas Baptist University, University of Houston, Long Beach State University, Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University, Rice University, University of Texas, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Arlington, and Wichita State University.
The TCL is currently pursuing expansion of the League into
other markets in Texas and Louisiana. The League continues to operate as one of
the premier summer collegiate wooden bat leagues in the United States.
Current teams in the
Texas Collegiate League include:
Cane Cutters, Youngsville, LA
Aces, Alexandria, LA
Valley Bombers, Bryan, TX
Texas Pump Jacks, Kilgore, TX
Marshals, Dallas, TX
Generals, Victoria, TX
Strykers, Spring, TX
If you are interested in
bringing a TCL team to your town, please contact Uri Geva (co-owner of the
Brazos Valley Bombers) at 979-779-5200, ext 5098 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on The Haddock Foundation, please contact Haddock Investments at 817-885-8390.
To learn more about TCL,
please visit http://www.texascollegiateleague.com/.
Gerald Haddock’s lifetime love of baseball inspired him to create The Haddock Foundation. But even before founding The Haddock Foundation, he was actively involved in the growth of the sport. In 1989, Gerald Haddock became a part owner of the Texas Rangers baseball club. It was during the negotiations for the sale of the team that Mr. Haddock met former President George W. Bush who was an owner of the team at that time. Gerald Haddock and President Bush formed a friendship over their mutual appreciation for the sport and each other.
For Mr. Haddock’s 50th birthday, President Bush made a video discussing how he met Mr. Haddock and his relationship with him over the years.
On April 25, 2013 Gerald Haddock will attend the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The friendship and support that began more than twenty years ago remains.
Below is the video from President Bush to Gerald on his 50th birthday.
MLB Legend Nolan Ryan at TCL Baseball Legends Dinner
Gerald Haddock with MLB player
Roger Clemens at annual TCL Legends Dinner