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Nelson Voted Minors Ballhawk of the Year

Texas Ballhawk Earns Award After Snagging 296 Balls Including 32 Gamers

By Alan Schuster

Oct 4, 2011

Dan Nelson

Nelson poses for a photo after winning a jersey at the 'Shirt off the Back' night at Whataburger Field.

Once every 3-game series in 2011, or to be more precise every 2.4 games, Corpus Christi Hooks fan Dan Nelson snagged a game home run. At this blistering pace he finished the season with an astounding 32 gamers, over five times greater than his nearest competitor on the Minor League site.

Nelson, who also led the site with 296 total balls in 2011, was voted the website's first Ballhawk of the Year. A devoted fan of his hometown Hooks, he attended 77 games at their home ballpark, Whataburger Field, and snagged at least one baseball in all 77 games.

Finishing second in the voting was Phil Joens, who put in an outstanding season with 200 total balls and an average of 9.52 balls per game. Here's the final tally of votes for Ballhawk of the Year:

Member 1st2nd3rdTOT
hooksfan 3009
philjoenssc 1218
loubase 1105
twins47 0135
mikemc13 0102
odi1 0011

Check out the Minor League site to see Dan Nelson's profile as well as over 20 other Minor League ballhawks

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