Storm Builds His Client Base
Storm Kirschenbaum was the Jewish News Male High School Athlete of the Year in 1997 and a 2012 inductee into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Now, the 40-year-old is the CEO of the Birmingham-based Ball Players Agency, which represents nearly 100 professional baseball players.
Nine agency clients are in the majors, including Detroit Tigers pitcher Warwick Saupold and Cleveland Indians pitcher Tyler Olson. The Indians were in town last weekend to face the Tigers, so Kirschenbaum had a chance to visit with the two hurlers.
Nine clients were selected earlier this month in the Major League Draft.
The list includes Niagara University shortstop Greg Cullen, who was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 15th round, and pitcher Nick Thwaits from Fort Recovery High School in Ohio, who was taken by the San Diego Padres with the next pick in the 15th round.
Those players are represented by former Berkley High School and Niagara baseball player Mark Meisner.
Cullen, who led the nation in hitting this season with a .458 batting average, and Meisner were teammates at Niagara.
“Mark (Meisner) worked for me on and off as an intern and as my assistant starting when he was a senior in high school, and he became an agent last year,” Kirschenbaum said.
“This was his first draft. He’s done a good job with his players, especially communicating with them and their families.”
Kirschenbaum’s firm also has offices in Toronto, Colorado, Taiwan and Japan. He’s perfectly happy with running a baseball-only agency.
Kirschenbaum was named the Male High School Athlete of the Year after being selected a USA Today All-American for his outstanding 1996 baseball season at Birmingham Groves.
He broke school season records for batting average (.518), home runs (10), RBIs (54), stolen bases (33), hits (44) and runs (37).
Kirschenbaum went on to play Division I college baseball at the University of Florida and Long Island University — C.W. Post.
He graduated from the University of Detroit-Mercy Law School in 2003.
Help Send A Kid to Camp
The 25th annual Dr. Larry D. Sills Memorial JCC Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 25, at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield.
The event raises funds for Send a Kid to Camp scholarships so children can attend Jewish Community Center Day Camps, and it enriches other youth activities at the JCC.
The JCC has awarded more than $2 million in camp scholarships over the past 24 years thanks to the golf classic.
Sills, who was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area and graduated from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, was among 156 people killed Aug. 16, 1987, when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport en route to Phoenix, Ariz.
Because of Sills’ passion for summer camp, the golf classic was established in his honor.
This year’s golf classic honorees are David and Shari Jaffa, whose generosity has enhanced JCC cultural and educational programming.
Register for the golf classic and donate at www.SillsGolfClassic.com or call (248) 432-5418.
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She’s A Tennis Champion
Elle Hartje helped the Detroit Country Day girls tennis team win its third consecutive MHSAA Division 3 state championship earlier this month in Holland.
Hartje, the top seed at No. 3 singles, swept four opponents after getting a first-round bye and won the flight title.
She defeated No. 3 seed Claire Verbrugge of Ada Forest Hills Eastern 6-0, 6-0 in the flight championship match after beating No. 4 seed Ryann Breslin of Grand Rapids Christian 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals.
Country Day scored 38 points, two more than runner-up Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.
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