Pitch & Hit Club to Honor Henry Gigeous


Jacobs High School baseball players honored Nick Adenhart, the half-brother of their teammate Henry Gigeous, with NA 34 on their mound during their first game after Nick’s death. Photo courtesy Jacobs coach John Sarna.

 

Henry Gigeous, Nick Adenhart’s stepbrother, will be honored January 17th by the Pitch & Hit Club.

Henry and Nick are the sons of Janet Gigeous. The Gigeous family currently lives near Chicago.

To quote from a press release:

The Pitch & Hit Club, founded in 1942 by a group of Chicago area baseball scouts, has held the annual banquet for more than six decades to honor baseball people at all levels, including players, coaches, umpires, executives and members of the baseball media. It is the oldest, longest running and only industry-wide winter baseball banquet in the Chicago area. Proceeds from the dinner go to benefit worthy baseball causes including Cubs Care, White Sox Charities and the Professional Baseball Scouts Association.

Henry will receive the Bo Jackson Courage Award. The Chicago Daily Herald profiled Henry on May 14. Although he was only 15 at the time Nick died, Henry has quietly shouldered much of the burdens his family has suffered since the accident.

Henry attends H.D. Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Illinois. His coach, John Sarna, sent me the above photo taken on April 11, just two days after Nick died. Henry’s teammates spray-painted “NA 34″ (Nick’s uniform number) on the back of the mound before their first game after Nick’s death.

Like his older brother, Henry is a pitcher. There’s a photo of Henry pitching in the above linked Daily Herald article. He’ll be a sophomore this year for the Jacobs Golden Eagles.

Attention, Angels scouting department: he’ll be eligible for the amateur draft in June 2012.

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