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Herts Baseball Club announces a new tournament in memory of Kal Dimitrov

07/01/2017, 6:30am BST
By British Baseball Federation

Herts Baseball Club has announced a new event on the sporting calendar this summer, the Kal Cup, a special tournament to remember Kal Dimitrov and to celebrate the values of friendship and fair play he brought to British baseball.

The event will take place at Grovehill Ballpark in Hemel Hempstead over the weekend of 12-13 August.

Herts Baseball Club will enter three teams, including a team of veterans who played alongside Kal, and invites all Single-A-level sides to enter for a weekend of fast-moving, knockout baseball.


Kal Dimitrov passed away suddenly in July 2015 after he was taken ill during a game between the Herts Raptors and the Essex Archers, a moment which shocked the Herts baseball family and the whole British baseball community.

Kal was a key figure at Herts Baseball Club for over a decade and helped build it to the force it is today.  He had been a player, coach, umpire, manager and mentor for several teams and in 2015 he was the joint manager of the Herts Raptors in the Single-A division.

But more than all of that, Kal Dimitrov was a dearly-loved friend to everyone at the club and throughout the BBF leagues, and he inspired and encouraged countless players.

That is why the club has chosen to focus this tournament on Single-A teams, and on anyone taking part in baseball below the top level.  Kal’s legacy was about love for the game and for the way it brought people together, and that is what the club wants to mark.

Kal had also been instrumental in developing the youth leagues which have flourished at Herts, and the Under-17 Red Kites will therefore enter a team in the tournament.

The Raptors will be there, the current Herts Single-A team, and so will “Kal’s Knights”, made up of former players who played with Kal over the years.

Herts would love to have teams from across the country come and help celebrate Kal’s life and achievements.


The Kal Cup will start with a series of single-inning games for every team, a format successfully used in Herts’ own intra-club competition in the autumn. It means that every inning is like the ninth, with all the drama and strategy that entails.

But if you lose, there’s another game coming just a few minutes later!

As teams progress to semi-finals and a final, the games will stretch to three and finally six innings.  The aim is to have everyone playing as much baseball as possible over the weekend, and competing against friends old and new.

The club’s Communications Director, Rob Jones, said: “I have nothing but wonderful memories of Kal.  His character, humour and spirit lifted every baseball occasion.  We want to pay a tribute to him, and I know many people across the British game want the same.  A weekend of baseball will be a great chance to show what Kal was all about.”


The entry fee will be £100 per team, with Herts providing balls, umpires and all the necessary facilities.  There will be food, drinks and merchandise available from the Herts concessions team.

Please contact for more information and to enter the tournament.  The club can be found on Facebook, @hertsbaseball on Twitter and Instagram.

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