Bob Ibach (Chicago area) has three decades of comprehensive
experience in sports journalism, public and media relations, sports
marketing, promotions, and publications management.
Prior to forming
Ibach and Associates, a suburban Chicago-based company with offices
in Deerfield, IL and Sarasota, FL, Ibach was a senior vice president
with Golin/Harris Communications in Chicago and oversaw its national
sports division. Previously, Ibach was a senior vice president
for Chicago-based Kemper Sports where he worked on assignments with
the PGA Tour, NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. At Kemper Sports, he coordinated
media relations for a CBA franchise in Sioux Falls, SD, and directed
the management and publicity for the well-known Maui Invitational
college basketball tournament.
Ibach served as the director of public relations/publications for
the Chicago Cubs. During his tenure, he assisted in the development
of the popular Die-Hard Cubs Fan Club and conceptualized and launched
the Cubs monthly tabloid newspaper, Vine-Line, which has received
recognition as the top publication in major league baseball for
the first decade of his career in the newspaper and radio industry
(Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Journal and CBS-radio).
He covered the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Colts regularly during
most of the 1970s, in addition to assignments in college and the
NBA. He served as the Baltimore Sun’s golf editor and also co-hosted
a popular radio sports talk show, “The Main Event,” with Nick Charles,
now with CNN. During that same period, Ibach hosted a weekly talk
show on WTOW-AM and also did basketball play-by-play broadcasts
for several Baltimore-area radio stations.
1978-83, Ibach authored three books, two on baseball and another
entitled “Caught In The Net,” an investigative first-person
expose on cheating in college basketball as seen through the eyes
of Clemson University head coach Tates Locke. Presently, "Caught
In The Net" is being made into a movie by screenwriters
in Los Angeles. His other books are “Cub Fan Mania” and “The
Ibach is a graduate
of the University of Maryland and is actively involved in civic
and church groups in his hometown of Arlington Heights, IL. He
is presently on the board of the Lattof YMCA in Des Plaines, IL,
and is a member of the Society For American Baseball Research (SABR),
specializing in the history of baseball parks. Ibach is also a
long-time member of the Golf Writers Association of America.
(New York) became the youngest public relations director in
Major League Baseball history when he took over the assignment for
the New York Yankees in 1974. Appel began his career with the Yanks
in 1968 and spent 9 seasons with the ballclub.
Appel went on
to serve as executive producer of the Yankees broadcasts for WPIX,
where he was VP of PR and Sports, and captured an Emmy Award and
five consecutive New York State broadcasters awards. He spent 11
years with WPIX-TV.
As owner of
Appel Public Relations, he represents such clients as Topps, The
Sporting News, the New York Yankees, the National Park Services,
WeMedia.com, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Yogi Berra Museum,
Leland’s Auctions, Bill Goff Fine Art, Boys & Girls Clubs of
America, eBay Magazine, and others.
Appel has also
served on the staff of Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, done PR
for tennis stars Billie Jean King and Vitas Gerulaitis, and was
VP, Public Relations for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games
during the committee’s formation.
As an author,
Appel has collaborated with CNN’s Larry King, Bowie Kuhn, Thurman
Munson, Tom Seaver, umpire Eric Gregg, and Lee MacPhail, in addition
to his award-winning book “Slide, Kelly, Slide” which was
named the best baseball book of 1996. Appel’s book for Total Sports,
“Now Pitching for the Yankees,” was published in the spring
of 2001 and drew rave reviews. He was a consultant to the HBO film
61* based on the Maris-Mantle home run chase of 1961.
Appel is a graduate
of State University of New York at Oneonta, and has served on the
Commission for Cable Television in his hometown of Larchmont, NY.