1-on-1: Fritz Hamburg's success on Hawk Hill

1-On-1 with Matt Leon
September 06, 2019 - 2:37 pm
Fritz Hamburg

Courtesy of Sideline Photos LLC via Saint Joseph's University

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Fritz Hamburg has spent the last 11 seasons as the head baseball coach at Saint Joseph's University. The Doylestown native has the most wins of any coach in program history (256).

Hamburg's playing days saw him star at Division III Ithaca College, helping the Bombers win a national title. He got a shot at pro ball, spending a year in the Phillies organization with there then Single-A team the Spartanburg Phillies.

"I was there in 1990,” he explained. “Played for Mel Roberts. Signed as a free agent actually a year after I had graduated from Ithaca. Signed out of the Bridgeton Tournament, I was playing down with the Philadelphia Stars. Joe Romano signed me. It was short. I really enjoyed it. I think the Phillies gave me a great opportunity. At the end of the day, my offense was short. So that's how it goes. But I'm very grateful for the opportunity that the Phillies gave me and it was certainly one that I think very fondly of."

The Hawks have been a consistent contender in the Atlantic 10 on Hamburg's watch and he has helped develop several players who have been selected in the Major League Draft.

He talks about what he loves about his job.

"My biggest thrill is having the opportunity to spend the time I spend with our players,” he said. “Whether it's skill related instruction, whether it's team building, whether it's just talking with them, whether it's us talking during stretch or playing music and dancing, I just enjoy that part of the relationship because I think it's so important."

Head coach Fritz Hamburg
Courtesy of Sideline Photos LLC via Saint Joseph's University

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