My name is Chris Woodley, and I’ve been a life-long baseball fan. While I’m an avid fan of all four major sports as well as collegiate athletics, baseball will always be my No. 1 sport.
Born about eight miles from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, I was born in March 1977, seven months before the New York Yankees first World Series title since 1962. After moving to the small Western Pennsylvania town of Greenville, I grew up a Yankees fan amid Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians supporters.
Growing up, I often showed my love for baseball by using a pitch back in his front yard while serving as the pitcher for one-man ballgames. I even provided the play-by-play and color commentary as well. In addition, you could be find me playing in neighborhood wiffle ball games.
I also played in Little League for seven seasons. In my final season, my sliding catch of a foul pop up down the third base line, helped lift the Dodgers to their only win of the 1992 season.
I also enjoy watching baseball games in person or on television. As for my baseball travels, I’ve attended major league games in New York (both Yankees and Mets), Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. While I’ve been outside of Fenway Park in Boston and AT&T Park in San Francisco, I hope to enter each stadium someday. I have a goal of attending every major league ballpark in the United States and Canada. Even if a baseball game doesn’t involve my beloved Yankees, I’ll watch it anyway.
I’m the proud owner of more than 10,000 baseball cards from the 1960s to the 1990s. In addition, I’m also knowledgeable in baseball history and trivia. While enjoying attempting to answer trivia questions during baseball broadcasts, I can name every World Series match-up, winner and in how many games from 1954 to the present. Even though I can name the champions from 1944 to 1953, I’m still working on remembering in how many games won during that stretch.
I live in Columbus, Ohio, with my wife, Ronee. We are both avid Yankees fans.