The Perfect Game Foundation® works with those who aspire to a business career in sports/entertainment by providing mentoring, networking, and assistance in finding internship and job opportunities.
Additionally, as available small financial grants are awarded to help with internship costs.
TPGF executes a balanced program of assistance to candidates from all backgrounds who subscribe to the concept that a business career should be based on teamwork because as Harry Truman once said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
In the history of Major League Baseball through the 2011 Season only 20 Perfect Games have ever been pitched. More people have the trip to the moon and back than have pitched a Perfect Game. It is recognized as the epitome of Excellence.
Just as rare is the Perfect Game for a hitter.
On August 27, 1951 in Philadelphia at Shibe Park against the Cincinnati Reds, 10 days after the birth of his first daughter, Del Wilber Sr. came to bat 3 times, took 3 swings, got 3 hits, hit 3 Home Runs, scored 3 runs and had 3 RBI. The Phillies won 3-0. A perfect game.
The Perfect Game Foundation® is thus constructed in the memory of Taffy and Del Wilber Sr. whose legacy lives on today through the people they guided and the lives they impacted. They were career baseball people who are remembered by those they touched as caring, dedicated, unselfish and generous purpose driven mentors who saw opportunities where others saw barriers and always strove for Excellence.
They personified loyalty and life as a team sport and totally believed that all of sport including baseball, in addition to being a wonderful career path, was a perfect forum for doing good for others.
For The Perfect Game Foundation® and the people it helps, being a ‘good teammate’ is the mantra. This epitomizes what Del Sr. stood for during his baseball days. Likewise Taffy was known for her unselfish giving of time, attention and effort to assist others – while being the Mother of 5 and a career baseball wife.
Both Taffy and Del were open-minded individuals who turned a blind eye to race, creed, gender or ethnicity, choosing instead to see only potential.
Taffy and Del Wilber Sr. met during WWII and married soon thereafter. Del and Taffy formed a bond and a family that would consistently be far greater than its individual parts. Del was a 10-year man in Major League Baseball as a player/coach, backup player, good teammate, and clubhouse leader.
Following his playing days he spent another 40 years as a coach, manager, and scout, impacting the careers of countless players, rookies and veterans alike.
Taffy blazed brave new trails through the gender-biased worlds of broadcasting, management, and public relations as on-air talent for KMOX, the CBS-owned radio station in St. Louis, hosting a program called “Taffy On The Town.” She also balanced her on-air dream with her role in the creation of the Pinch Hitters Club in St. Louis, in which Cardinal wives worked to assist charities and local causes, and in later years she joined the Cardinals’ front office before creating and owning her own public relations firm.
The Perfect Game Foundation® was born at the intersection of three important tenets:
Recognition that a business career in sports is a tremendously fulfilling calling with enormous embedded opportunity to do good for others;The Perfect Game Foundation® is a non-profit organization working with young women and men who aspire to a business career in sports/entertainment.
Understanding that the sports career supply/demand curve was tilted away from aspiring candidates and that entrance-level assistance was needed;
Desire to recognize and remember those who have made business careers in sports far more than just a job.
"There is no substitute for Excellence – not even success. Success is tricky, perishable and often outside our control; the pursuit of success makes a poor cornerstone, especially for a whole personality. Excellence is dependable, lasting and largely an issue within our own control; pursuit of excellence, in and for itself, is the best of foundations,” The Heart of the Order, by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989).