Professional hitting instruction and mentoring to Detroit inner city youth, and all high school and college athletes.
Doing what Ike does best...sharing stories of his journey. Inspiring the next generation at his elementary school!
Showing Holbrook Elementary children the home run batting stance!
Detroit Metro Times
Ex-Detroit Tiger struggles to get by after giving life to baseball.
Article by: Steve Neavling
It's batter-up time for fans of a Hamtramck sports star.
Article by: Alan Madlane
We will be updating information about Ike's journey on this website. All articles will be placed on this site along with his GoFundMe account.
Ike can't thank everyone enough for all the love and support! You are helping make his dreams come true AND he continues to be a light to the baseball world!
Ike with his coaching staff for the Fantasy Camp Game
Felipe Ramirez, Ike Blessitt, Barbaro Garbey and Juan Berenguer
Not pictured but on the mound pitching : Mr. Dave Horton
Fantasy Camp Players
October 2, 2021
Mr. Garbey with Tom Dery who has brought Hamtramck Park back to it's beauty!
Ike Blessitt was a four sport, All-State athlete in Baseball, Basketball, Football and Track at Hamtramack High School in the mid 1960's. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and worked his way up through the minor leagues to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens in 1972, and finally to the Tigers, in September 1972.
He's had it in his heart day one that he knew he had to work hard and overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. Ike always knew he'd give back with what he has been given. Coach Ike started hitting instructions which enables him to give back in many ways: sharing his knowledge and expertise in baseball, and ultimately giving back to the community in which he came.
Ike works together with parents to encourage education, follow through on commitments, live with integrity and live life to be the best YOU that you can be! Baseball was his life for many years and the experiences he had and learned he shares with his students. Baseball is still a huge part of his life from the other side of the fence. Ike continues to instruct students that are just beginning to play baseball all the way to top college baseball players. His hitting instruction has helped some of the high school and college players out of hitting slumps and to be home run hitters just as he was back in the day.
Ike is still very connected to many athletes, coaches and managers in the major leagues of baseball and will help to promote your child if they possess the talent it takes to live out their baseball dreams.
"I am living my dream and would be honored to instruct your child with their baseball career."
-Drated by the Detroit Tigers (MLB) out of Hamtramck High School in 1967
-Drafted by the New York Mets (MLB) Winter Draft 1967
-Played for the Detroit Tigers from 1967-1973
-Played in the 1972 American League Championship for the Detroit Tigers
-Played in the Oakland A's Organization (MLB) from 1974-1975
-Played in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization (MLB) in 1977
-Played in the Mexican League for over 10 years
-Played for the Orlando Juice in 1989
-Hitting Coach and Instructor since 1990
-The Hitting Zone
-Line Drive Sports (Pirates)
-Detroit Southeastern High School (Hitting Coach) 2012
-The Michigan Express (15u, 16u, and 18u College Prospect Team) 2014-present
-Prime Athletes of Michigan/Team Freedom (Baseball/Girls Softball) 2016-present
-Midwest Cubs Baseball Club (22u Colligate Team for the Livonia Collegiate League) 2017
-Detroit Inner City K-12 baseball athletes
If you'd like to partner with the IKE BLESSITT ATHLETIC ACADEMY #22 foundation which provides opportunities, baseball instruction and mentoring to over 100 underprivileged youth in the inner city of Detroit, please send us a message below.
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