ABOUT SKIP SHIPP
Baseball became an activity of mine at the age of 5. T-ball, coach pitch, kid pitch and at 12 I was ready to hang up the cleats. I was not very good. I never made an all-star team so my summer was spent on my motorcycle and bicycle playing with friends. My Dad convinced me to play another year at a different park. The summer I turned 13 proved to be the beginning for me. Baseball was suddenly easy. Home runs and striking out batters was another day at the park. You would have thought I had a cape on my back rather than a number. Truth is, I hit a growth spurt and was close to six feet tall and almost 200 pounds. I was gaining more coordination by the month and becoming an adult size child. So to speed this story up, my 13 year old summer finished with a world series in Michigan and the start to high school. Four years later I signed a Professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This was 1995 and I finished in 2000 with the Atlanta Braves. It was a nine year whirlwind and an awesome experience.
Now I will describe a little about me off the field. I'm not, and never have been, a big sports fan. I don't have a favorite team, couldn't give you many names on a current lineup and don't even have ESPN at my house. It is extremely difficult for me to sit through a whole nine inning game. So why has the last 30 years been filled with this sport? It is my fascination with the human body and passion for understand the workings of a top level athlete of any sport; the determination, skill, mental-physical relationship and all other variables making the player better than everyone else. I will spend the rest of my life studying these amazing creatures. I love to find common traits they possess, understand why it works, and then develop a way to deliver this information to others. --