Over the last 80 years, the National Baseball Congress has attracted numerous fans. Go ahead and count Santa Barbara Foresters manager Bill Pintard as one of our biggest advocates. Not only does he love our World Series, but he?s driven to come back to Wichita every summer. That?s understated. Bill and the Sters are enjoying their 20th straight trip to our beloved city.
They?ve been successful too! Santa Barbara has won the NBC Championship four times. 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012. One of only five teams to win four NBC World Series titles. In addition, his teams have finished in the top four nationally every year since 2003 and were the runner up in both 2003 and 2005. Bill has led the Foresters to 84 wins in the NBC World Series since 1995 through 2013 for an incredible winning percentage of .736.
Just this summer, the 67 year old won his 800th career game and is believed to be the all-time winningest coach in summer collegiate baseball history.
Bill?s Foresters have won numerous California Collegiate League Championships and Rawlings California Cup titles while developing talent for the next level. When he?s not in the dugout, Bill can be found behind home plate as a scout for his beloved New York Yankees. As a scout, Bill has been awarded the Sparky Anderson Award from the Association of Professional Ballplayers for his ongoing contributions to player development. Some notable players he has managed include Morgan Ensberg, James Shields, Matt Garza, and Conor Gillaspie.
In the community, Bill has fostered a culture of giving back. The Hugs for Cubs program was established in honor of his son Eric, who battled a rare form of cancer. The life expectancy of someone with his condition was two years but Eric won the fight for ten years before passing in 1994. The National Baseball Congress has renamed The Most Inspirational Player award after Eric Pintard to recognize his courageous fight. The Hugs for Cubs program puts players in contact with childhood cancer survivors to act as a support system. Like any good coach, Bill believes in teaching values and inspiring compassion beyond the ball field.
Tonight, Bill is joined by his wife Kris, daughter Kelby and numerous members of his baseball family. His daughter, Brittany and son Ethan weren?t able to join us, however, they send their best wishes. While Bill is smiling right now. He stands here with a heavy heart. Last week, as the Foresters were driving to Wichita, Bill received a call that his mother, Kay, had passed away. While Bill was able to say his goodbyes and was prepared for his mother?s passing, it doesn?t make the situation any easier.
Bill, Wichita has been your summer home for along time and we hope you?ll be back for another 20 years.