Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gene Hiser, From Outfielder to Financial Adviser

One of the great things about AU Sports was that sometimes that had obscure players for autograph signings.  One such player was Gene Hiser, who played parts of 4 seasons with the Chicago Cubs after being a first round draft pick of theirs.  The fact that he played for the Cubs immediately made him a desirable guest at AU.
Hiser was in a great mood.  He talked fondly about his time with the Cubs.  I told him about seeing him play in Wichita, while we were there to visit our friend and his teammate Rick Stelmaszek.  Hiser appreciated the enthusiasm of the fans at AU, especially for a career .202 hitter who last had played in the majors about 25 years earlier.
I didn't know it at the time, but his minor league stats show him playing in the White Sox organization late in his career, yet sources claim he only played for the Cubs organization.  Maybe he was loaned to the Sox for some odd reason.  If I ever get the chance, that will be one question I will ask him.
Hiser has owned Barrett and Hiser Financial Management Group for over 20 years.  In 1997, Barrett and Hiser joined GCG Financial.  Maybe I can talk to him there and get some financial advice, too.
Gene Hiser and me in AU Sports in Skokie, IL-Late 1990's.

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