I got out of baseball because my body gave out. I wasn't mentally ready to hang it up. I had a batting cage at my house, so I taught. I had been around the best, like Charlie Lau. I knew what worked for me and I knew what worked for others. I pieced all of that into my own unique stylel of teaching - and enjoyed it. But, I missed the pressure, whether you succeeded or failed, I missed the pressure.
I also did some work with my brother, Jimmy, at his shop. It's in my DNA to be an ironworker. It must be why I still build stuff.
In 1995, I managed the Merrillville Muddogs. It was fun until the owner left in the middle of the night with everything, even the computers, So I gave up my salary to keep the team running for the rest of the season.
In 1999, I managed the Schaumburg Flyers. It was fun for a few years, but then I realized I was getting too old for 20 hour bus rides.
From the time I retired, I would periodically make appearances for the White Sox. In 2003, I officially became one of the team's "Ambassadors." It's an honor and a privilege to represent the team in and around the community. If you don't see me at a community event, you can probably find me at the ballpark a few times a homestand, shaking hands and kissing babies :-)
I started on social media to keep track of my kids. However, I found it's a great way to keep up with family, friends, and fans. I have a few rules though, I never talk politics or religion, and I rarely speak about sports. I try to instill confidence is people's ability to go out and make their day great. And of course, I always talk about food. Prior to my Harley Pooch's passing, he was also a favorite topic of mine. I've tapped the limit of 5,000 friends on my facebook personal page, but you can also follow me at Ron Kittle's Clubhouse.
I started Indiana Sports Charities in 1989. Over it's 23 years, we raised over $2,000,000 for cancer research and education. Wanting to do more, for more, I started Ron Kittle Charities.
Please go to Ron Kittle Charities and consider making a donation. I know together - we can make a difference.
Jerry Reinsdorf probably said it best, I was ok as a ballplayer, but I can sure make anything. I'll say this, I haven't yet found the thing I can't make. I do one-of-a-kind pieces for high profile clients, like the White Sox and for corporations looking for unique gifts - as well as many other sports and cigar related items. Please feel free to look through my "Gallery" pages, visit "My Store" page or "Contact Me" with any creative requests.
I enjoy making appearances of all kinds. I promise, you'll enjoy me being there too. I make everything positive, fun and upbeat - like my life.
Drop me a line to find out more.