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Athens, Georgia, U.S.A. "The Classic City of the South"

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"Home of the Athens Pirates College Summer Baseball Club: REAL BASEBALL for College Baseball Players". "The Second Best College Sports Town in America" -Sports Illustrated Magazine, Sept.2003 ; "One of the Best College Towns in America" -U.S.News & World Report. "The Best College Music Town in America" - Rolling Stone Magazine (2003). Discover Athens yourself.

BASEBALL FANS: Love Baseball? The crack of a wooden bat hitting a baseball. The same equipment the pros use.

Come see some of the best pre-professional college baseball talent from across North America playing minor league quality baseball. The Athens Pirates: the oldest and best-known summer baseball team in the South.

The Athens Pirates play a 40-Game Schedule with Home Games at Smith Field located at 1571 Old Epps Bridge Rd in Athens, GA 30605. A full-service Concession Stand serving fresh food and drinks is available at moderate prices. Official team wood bats & mini-bats, League baseballs, and others souvenirs available for player autographs. Special Events for kids! For information contact: Shane Daniel, GM, PO Box 462 Nicholson, Ga. 30565 or call 1-706-255-7871. E mail address:

Ask about our Athens Pirates Summer Camp! 

Friday, August 24
Pirates Inactive for 2012

The Athens Pirates will be inactive for the 2012 summer season.  Details of future operations will be announced by the end of the year.

In association with the Great South League, the team may field a League All-Star team, to  compete against other All-Star teams and National teams of certain countries for the 2013 season.

Friday, July 29
Macon Giants take GSL Crown

The Macon Giants are the 2011 Great South League Champions. The Giants beat the Tennessee Styx in their first game; beat Athens Pirates in the 2nd game 13-10; Lost to Ty Cobb in their 3rd game and came from behind to beat Ty Cobb 10-5 in the deciding game.

Thursday, July 28
Pirates win first game of GSL Tournament but lose 2nd.

Royston, GA.


The Athens Pirates opened the 2011 GSL Tournamet with a 2-0 win over the Ty Cobb Reds.  The Pirates will face the Macon Giants next.


The Athens Pirates lost a heartbreaker in their 2nd game of the day, losing 13-10 to the Macon Giants.

 The Pirates now are in the "loser's bracket" and will have to win 3 games on Friday to win the Championship. 



Wednesday, July 27
Pirates head to Great South League Tournament

Athens, GA.


The Athens Pirates are headed to the Great South League Tournament as the #1 Seed. The top 4 teams are: Athens #1; Tennessee Styx #2; Macon Giants #3, and the Ty Cobb Reds #4. 

Tournament Brackets and Games will be posted on the Great South League Web Site: .

 All games will be on streaming audio on UStream:

Edwin Ull
Sunday, July 24
Pirates take 3 out of 4 this Weekend in Crucial Series with Styx

The Athens Pirates took 3 out of 4 games this weekend versus the Chattanooga Styx in a battle for first place in the Great South League. The Pirates, who have held a strangle hold on first place since the season started, saw the upstart Styx go into first place last Thursday after the Pirates were swept in the doubleheader by the West Virginia Wild of the Carolina-Virginia League. 

The Pirates traveled to Chattanooga on Saturday and for the second time this season swept a doubleheader. The first game was a 3-0 win for the Pirates with former Oconee County star and UGA player, Taylor Hicks, getting the win. Hicks allowed only 2 hits with 8 k's in the seven inning game. In game 2, the Pirates came-from-behind to edge the Styx 8-7. Heath Holder, a UGA signee from Walton County, pitched five strong innings and was relieved by Gray Griffith of UGA who got the win.

In Sunday's doubleheader, Matt Kaplan of Georgia College, lost for the first time this season in a 6-3 win for the Styx. In game 2, Steven Voigt got the win in a 3-1 victory for the Pirates. Nelson Ward, a UGA signee, had a game-tying double going 2 for 3 while teammate Kenny Kirshner of Siena College went 2 for 4 with the game-winning hit.

The Great South League Tournament starts this Thursday, October 28th with the first game scheduled for noon at Emmanuel College Field in Franklin Springs GA. The Tournament Brackets are on the GSL web site ( ) and all games will be broadcast "LIVE" on with "LIVE" stats on the GSL Web Site.

Saturday, June 11
Pirates take road Doubleheader from Macon Giants

Macon, GA.

The Athens Pirates took a road doubleheader from the Macon Giants in Great South League action. The Pirates won the first game 13-7 and the second game 10-6.

Matt Kaplan, LHP from Georgia College, picked up victory in game one while Matt O'Kipney, LHP from Siena College (NY) won game two.

Anthony Muccio of Iona College (NY) went 7 for 8 on the day. Brock Kartheiser of Sauk Valley JC (IL) almost hit for the cycle in game 2 hitting a HR, 2b, and a single.

The Pirates play a double header Sunday at Smith Field against the same Macon Giants with game 1 scheduled for a 2PM start.   

Monday, June 6
A Warm "Thank You" to our 2011 Player Sponsors

The Athens Pirates wish to thank our 2011 "Player Sponsors"

Player: Brock Kartheiser:

First Impressions by Leroyl & Sanders, 430 S. Dayton St., Sandwich, IL 60548

A.J. & Associates, 715 Glenda Ct., Sanwich IL 60538

Rhonda L. Adair, Leland, IL 60531

Michael J. Kartheiser and Karri R. Rizuto, Somonauk, IL

Ryan J. and Jessica Secor, Montgomery, IL 60538

Helen J. Shove, Somonauk, IL 60552

Jeffery W. and Cynthia A. Morris, Somonauk, IL 60552

Dennis T. and Cathy L. Cocks, Somonauk, IL 60552

Larry Land - Sandwich, IL

Doug McCoy - Somonauk, IL 

Player: Anthony Muccio:

Gene and Pat Taglialavore, Park Ridge, IL 







Friday, June 3
Pirates open 2011 Season with win over Rival Ty Cobb Reds

Franklin Springs, GA.


The Athens Pirates opened the 2011 Great South League summer season with a come-from-behind win over their hosts, the Ty Cobb Reds.

 The game entered the bottom of the eighth inning tied, 2-2. The Ty Cobb Reds managed to score the go-ahead run and entered the 9th inning confident of their own come-from-behind in.

The Pirates pushed across four runs in a classic "Pirates Inning" and held the Red scoreless in the bottom of the 9th to pick up their first win of the season.

Joe Torres of Iona College and Brooklyn native went 3 for 5 with 2 stolen bases and scoring 2 runs for the Pirates. College teammate, Joe Smith had 2 hits including a HR. The Pirates started Matt Kaplan of Georgia College followed by six other Pirate pitchers. Bart Kartheiser of Sauk Valley JC (IL) went the 9th inning picking up the win.

The Pirates play again Sunday, June 5th, at 3PM versus the Awbil Royals in an afternoon doubleheader. For more information about the Great South League go to:

Friday, May 20
Steven Voigt to throw out first pitch for Yankees/Mets "Military Game" on Saturday May 21st

Steven Voigt Jr., a member of the 2010 and 2011 Athens Pirates College Summer Baseball Club, is scheduled to throw out the First Pitch in tomorrows Yankees/Mets "Military Game" at Yankee Stadium. 

 Steven Voigt Sr. was a Navy Seal who lost his life in 1996 as a member os Seal Team Eight.

Steven Jr. has received tremendous support from the Special Operations Warriors Foundation (SOWP) which has as its goal to offer a college education to all survivors of Special Forces killed in the line of duty or training. 

He is a graduate of Camden County High School and has played collegiately for Augusta State and Young Harris College. He will be playing DI baseball at a 4 year school to be determined next fall.  

Steven was raised by his grandparents, Fred and Ann Voigt of Camden County. 


Register for Athens Pirates Baseball Camp
Thursday, May 12
2011 Athens Pirates Summer Camp - 8 Sessions to Choose From

Athens Pirates Summer Camp

2011 Athens Pirates Baseball Camp – Web Site:         Ages 5-18 

Times: 9AM – 1Pm,  Tuesday - Friday each week.

Camp Rate: $100 or $30 Daily .  Held at J.R. Holland Youth Sports Complex; 250 Vincent Drive; Athens, GA 30607

               Session 1: May 31, June  1, 2, 3,    __________
               Session 2: June  7, 8, 9, 10, ________
               Session 3: June 14, 15, 16, 17,   _______

               Session 4: June 21, 22, 23,24, _________

               Session 5:  June 28, 29, 30, July 1_______
               Session 6: July 5, 6, 7, 8,   __________

               Session 7: July 12, 13, 14, 15,  ________

               Session 8:  July 21, 20, 21, 22,  _______

Mechanics of Hitting ** Pitching ** Defense **Base Running ** Skills
Players will be divided by Age & Skills – Hourly Rate Instruction Available

Coaching Staff Shane Daniel, General Manager of the Athens Pirates and College All-Star Baseball Players from across
North America. The Athens Pirates are members of the Great South League ( ).   All players are potential Major League Baseball prospects.  This camp helps college players earn money for the summer and may raise funds for the Pirates.  The camp will improve skills and knowledge of the game of baseball regardless of age.  Being involved with College players and learning from them is our goal.  Host Families still wanted for 2011 summer season.


                                                Camp Application          Amount Enclosed $__________
Name/Team _____________________________________________________________
Address & Cell Phone Number(s)________________________________________________
E Mail _________________________________________________________________ Age_____ Session 1___ Session 2______Session 3____Session 4_______ Daily__________________________               T Shirt Size ___________________ ___
                                             Release & Indemnity Agreement

I hereby give consent for my child to participate in the “Athens Pirates Baseball Camp”. I understand that injuries can occur during participation in a sport such as baseball. I hereby release and hold harmless The Athens Pirates, William B. Park, Kimberly J. Park, The Smith Family of Smith Field, Shane Daniel, Beth Giddens, Athens-Clarke County, the coaching staff; baseball players and/or any other affiliated companies and their respective agents, employees and players harmless of any liability claims, demands, injuries, or causes of actions which may arise by virtue of acts of omissions, or omissions of acts, negligible or otherwise. A parent or guardian MUST sign this form if the child is under the age of 18.
Parent/Guardian ________________________________    Date _________________

Please send application to: Athens Pirates,
P.O. Box 462, Nicholson, GA 30565

Summer Camp with the Pirates
Wednesday, June 18
Pirates offer Individual Instruction: Offense, Defense, Hitting, Pitching - all aspects of the game

Baseball Lessons:

 The Athens Pirates offer individualized baseball instruction from it's all-star baseball players. The Players hail from across North America representing 17 colleges/universities, 13 States, and 2 foreign countries.

Learn from players who have a wide range of techniques and skills.

The players earn all the money from this activity which represents their summer job while in Athens. The cost per hour is just $25 compared to as much as $85/hour in our area.

Learn to be a Switch Hitter this summer!

Work on your pitching form.

Learn to slap hit.

Increase your foot speed, balance, and coordination.

At the same time, become friends with a potential Major Leaguer.

For more information write: or call the GM, Shane Daniel, at 706-255-7871 or 1-706-354-6789.



Join the Pirates Facebook Page
Friday, January 30
Pirates on FACEBOOK

The Pirates have a FACEBOOK Page that we invite you to join. Please click on:

 for the latest on the team and our e mail list.

Jay Berryman - 2000 Pirates
Saturday, February 28
Playing Ball with The Athens Pirates - Flagpole Magazine Article

"Playing Ball with the Athens Pirates", featured article in Athens' Flagpole Magazine:


Wednesday, February 9
MLB Scouting Bureau Announces 2011 Tryouts - Click on the Link for the full schedule


Saturday, February 28
Southern Distinction Magazine: Athen Pirates

Saturday, February 28
Southern Distinction Magazine Article

Danny Roderick - Miami Dade
Tuesday, May 12
2011 Player Contract - Please complete and Return

                                                                       2011 Player Contract                                      College Summer Baseball Letter of Commitment Name of League:  Great South League     Date _____________________Team –   ___________________________________________________Name of Player _______________________________Date of Birth _______________Home Address_______________________City______________State_____Zip______Social Security Number __________________Home Telephone (          ) _________________College __________________________Year in School (Spring 2011)____________________Campus Mailing Address __________________City _____________ State _____Zip_________Position ___Height ____ft._ in._ Weight ______ Bats ___Throws__ Cell Phone _____________Cell phones: ______________yours; _______________parent(s); _________________Coaches. Do you wish to be employed during the 2011summer league season?  I certify that I will not use any form of tobacco during practice sessions or contests. I understand that by signing this document I am committed to the above team and to the league, which is premier wood-bat summer baseball league. I have not signed, and will not sign, any other summer league commitment form for the 2011 season. Signing this document prohibits me from participating on any other summer league team. I may participate on other outside teams only according to team and league regulations.  I understand that this is a direct offer of the team to fill a place on its team roster in accordance with these rules of the league. I understand that I may be released from this letter of commitment only in the event of my signing a professional contract; being selected to an active traveling all-star team sanctioned or sponsored by the NCAA, the U.S. Olympic Committee or any of its subordinate committees, or a similar amateur athletics authority; or by written mutual consent of the commissioner and or team general manager of both involved leagues. In consideration of acceptance of this contract I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators and any other representative, waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against The Great South League,  The Georgia Collegiate League, The Georgia Dugout Club,  the Athens Pirates, William B. Park, Kimberly J. Park, Shane Daniel, Beth Giddens, the General Managers, the Coaches, The League Officers and Staff, The American Amateur Baseball Congress, CABA, The National Baseball Congress, and any other person or organization not specifically named but involved in summer baseball for any and all injuries suffered by me in games and practices for the team or league, team or league activity, any all-star team, which this contract is signed. If a minor, the parent(s) or guardian must sign with the player. I understand that this letter of commitment is not valid until each of the requested signatures is obtained. Player’s Signature ________________________Date _____________ Athletics Director’s (or representative) Signature __________________Date _________ Parent’s Signature (if a minor) ___________________________Date ______________ Team/League’s Signature ______________________________Date ________

Wednesday, March 12
Athens Pirates on Youtube!

Check out the Athens Pirates on youtube!

Click on the above mini tv. 

Double click on the mini tv and go to the Youtube site directly.




Take Me out to the Ball Game - Original Recording 1928
Monday, June 18
Take me out to the Ball Game - Original Recording 1928

Listen to the Pirates "LIVE"
Friday, May 18

Join the Broadcaster Corps - Georgia Collegiate League
Click on to our HOME GAMES. TEAMLINE, your Athens Pirates radio source.

Bat Boy/Girl Signups & Play Catch with a Player

The Pirates offer every boy and girl a chance to be their Bat Boy/Girl for the Home Games. All you have to do is "ask to sign up" at the entrance gate. Don't forget about our "Play Catch with a Player" program. All you have to do is "ask to sign up" at the entrance gate. Both programs require the presence of a parent/guardian who can "sign" for the child. The Athens Pirates: "Real Baseball for College Baseball Players".

Mike Dekle's Latest Album
"BAND CALL" for 2011 Summer Season

The Athens Pirates have a special opportunity for area bands, singers, performers, and musicians. How'd you like to perform between Saturday night doubleheader games? You'd perform before 300-600 fans at about 8PM. You've got a captive audience anxious to hear you perform. Contact the team at 706-354-6789, 706-296-4054 or visit for more information.