They say if you love what you do then you will never work a day in your life. And if that old adage is true, then PYT Sports founder Dave Payton hasn’t felt like he’s worked since 2007. It was at this time that he said goodbye to his job of 27 years at the Chicago Board Options Exchange and said hello to pursuing his passion project of building baseball equipment full-time.
It all began in 2003 when Dave built a baseball bench and helmet rack for his college roommate who was a local high school baseball coach. From that project BaseballRacks was born out of Dave’s garage. Through his connections within the baseball industry mixed word of mouth, this business grew and grew, ultimately leading him to relaunch his brand as PYT Sports to include a wide variety of products to serve the baseball community. Customers can still purchase the benches that catapulted him into the industry nearly 15 years ago.
PYT Sports prides itself on offering a customer service experience that is second to none. If you have a question and call the shop, you will likely chat with Dave or his operations manager Linda Christopher who has been a loyal employee since 2014. Linda and her husband Russ have three daughters who all played softball and share Dave’s love of the game. In addition to Linda, Dave works with only the most skilled woodworkers and painters in the Chicago area to ensure products are top notch.
Dave is a proud and active supporter of the ABCA and attends multiple clinics a year to network with clients (past, present, and future) and continue to sharpen his skillset as a small business owner. He has coached on both the high school and Little League levels and continues to coach travel ball for the Illinois Lightning. When Dave isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and catching a local high school baseball or softball game.
PYT Sports stands for “products you trust”, however, it is Dave’s promise that you can also trust the people. He considers it a privilege to supply coaches and players with the equipment needed to perform at their highest level and looks forward to earning your business.
9015 Odell Avenue
Bridgeview, IL 60455