New CAL member Jan Sumner was born in Independence, Kansas, but has spent his entire life in Denver, Colorado and is a graduate of Metropolitan State University here in Denver. Jan has been active in baseball throughout his life, and in 1993 he started throwing batting practice for the Colorado Rockies. He threw for them through the 1999 season which led to writing his first book, about those experiences, called Fat Pitch. This first writing experience hooked Jan on writing and he has since written seven other books of his own and ghost-written three more. Jan and his wife Karen have two fantastic daughters and seven wonderful grandchildren.