Shoestring Catches is a site for stories about baseball and it’s history.
Although there will be a lot of historical information available, there will be plenty of discussion of new topics as well.
Donald Tincher was a sports writer and college sports information director for more than two decades before joining the world of bloggers.
Tincher began publishing Shoestring Catches in April of 2015 and it was ranked in the Top 10 of all of the fan sites on MLB.com/blogs from May to October in 2015, with the highest ranking in July at No. 5.
For 2015, the site finished in the No. 13 spot for the year, while only being active eight months. Check out the story here.
During his time as a sports writer for the Palladium-Item in Richmond, Ind., he covered high school, college and professional baseball both at the major and minor league levels for a local newspaper.
He has also written about many other sports including basketball, football, soccer, cross country, track, volleyball, tennis, field hockey and bowling.
From 1997-2004, Tincher covered auto racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Eldora Speedway and Winchester Speedway.
As a sports writer, Tincher has been honored by several organizations beginning with the Ohio High School Athletic Association as he received the Southwest District Meritorious Service Award for the 1995-96 academic year.
He was selected as the Palladium-Item’s High Achiever in August 1998. Serving as the beat writer for the Richmond Roosters of the Frontier League of Professional Baseball, the Palladium-Item was named the Newspaper of the Year from 1998-2000.
During that same time, he was recognized by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association for coverage of the Tri-Eastern Conference teams in 1999 and 2001.
In 2000, Tincher was honored by the Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors with the First Place Award for Deadline Coverage of Basketball State Finals.
With a degree in journalism, Tincher is a 1986 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He was a men’s basketball student manager for the Cardinals from 1981-85.
After graduation, he became a high school and college basketball coach before entering the writing profession.
He is a proud stockholder of the Green Bay Packers.
Hi, Don. I think I read on your site that you began Shoestring Catches during a period of unemployment. I began doing Dazzy Vance after a similar experience. Just curious how things are going. … I have a J degree from Mizzou and worked in community journalism (sports and news) before getting laid off from a job in corporate communications. Thanks, Glen.
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Thanks for asking.
Haven’t really worked since May 15. A friend of mine owns a factory and he had someone quit so I am working part time for him but that still allows me to get partial unemployment. Job market where I live isn’t very good… Had one employer tell me that I would not want to work there. Having a good time though. Getting to watch my son play soccer this fall .. Missed several matches last year. My biggest frustration at this point is with WordAds. I signed up and then a few months later I was told they were not accepting new accounts. Not made one cent from my blog. Not looking to get rich but every little bit would help.
Anyway, sorry for the long winded response and thanks again for asking.