Updated: March 9, 2013 9:16AM
Pat Disabato, a lifelong resident of the (Blue) Island, has been a sports writer for more than 20 years, beginning his career in 1990 with Star Newspapers, a predecessor of the SouthtownStar.
An All-Area pitcher at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island and a proud alum of the St. Jude Knights Hockey Club in Crestwood, he realizes the importance and benefits of youth sports.
Disabato played college baseball at Lewis University in Romeoville and professionally in the New York Mets organization. An elbow injury put an end to the left-handed pitcher’s baseball career.
Since 2003, he has hosted “The Coach’s Corner” on WJYS-TV (Channel 62). The weekly show focuses on high school sports in the Southland.
SouthtownStar.com’s High N Tight blog, which was launched in August 2010, features Bato’s take on prep sports and more.
In his spare time, Disabato listens to music, counting Guns N’ Roses, Billy Idol, Everclear, Prince and Led Zeppelin among his favorites.
Growing up in an Italian family and having been spoiled by his mother’s homemade food, Disabato considers himself a connoisseur of good eats.
Among his favorites are the namesake at Beggars Pizza (a co-sponsor of “The Coach’s Corner”) — always requested well-done, the breaded steak sandwich from Ricobene’s, Hog Wild’s pork chop sandwich, the stuffed eggplant from Giuseppe’s, and the grilled chicken sandwich from Pop’s.
Pat Disabato can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.