Cal Fingleson keeps baseball in the family – The Australian Jewish News

Teenager Cal Fingleson used to play baseball, soccer, and tennis in roughly equal proportions, but baseball has now become his primary focus, and for good reason.

Fresh off the NSW squad that will compete in the 2022 Australian Under-16 Baseball Championships in Brisbane from July 2-10, the talented outfielder is following an incredible family baseball tradition.

Baseball player Cal Fingleson wearing his NSW uniform.

His grandfather Frank played baseball in the early 1970s for the South African men’s national team.

And his father, Gavin, got his start as a member of a NSW youth team that won a national title, and went on to represent Australia at three Baseball World Championships, a Baseball World Classic and the Athens Olympics in 2004, when Australia won. silver.

After making a mini comeback in 2017 when he played 1.5 seasons for the Sydney Blue Sox, Gavin turned to coaching and is the current head coach of the NSW U17 team.

“I’m really proud to represent NSW U16s and to be where my dad was 30 years ago,” Cal said. The AJNadding: “It’s always been on my mind – to see if one day we can both say we helped NSW win gold at the National Championships, that would be very special.”

“I also see it as a step towards a future career as a baseball player.

“And I thought dad being the coach as well might seem strange at first, but it’s not because my teammates know he has the experience to prepare the team well.

“We had six weeks of training together twice a week, and last week we went to three a week, plus a few practice matches.”

Gavin Fingleson, Cal’s father, played baseball for Australia in the 2004 Olympics.

The 15-year-old Moriah College student came through the junior ranks playing for Cronulla in South Sydney, before joining Baulkham Hills Baseball Club, where he plays in the U18 NSW Youth League.

An athletic, precise defenseman with quick reflexes – whether trapping runners at second base or throwing shots when parked at short stop – Cal sees his strengths as “working really hard and giving it his all.” for the team”.

“Fieling is the biggest part of my game, and what I love the most…I love defending runs, applying pressure and being in the action.

“Stick is a craft that is always developing – I love it too, and as I get bigger and physically stronger it will get better.”

Cal also enjoys playing against older players in the NSW U18 competition, describing it as “certainly a step up, but a good challenge”.

And he is grateful to Frank for being a constant source of encouragement.

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For Frank, it’s just a joy to see representative baseball stay in the family.

“It’s wonderful,” Frank said, “because I had followed Gavin as he rose through the baseball ranks, and now I have the opportunity to follow Cal.”

Cal Fingleson when he played junior baseball for Cronulla.

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