Jeff Schaefer was born in Patchogue, New York where Jeff honed his skills as a baseball player becoming an All-League and All-County selection in his senior year at Patchogue- Medford High School.
Jeff played his senior summer with the Port Jefferson A’s in 1978 who went out to Farmington, New Mexico and became the first team from the east in 19 years to win the Connie Mack World Series. Jeff’s teammate on the A’s was former MLB All-Star pitcher Neal Heaton.
Jeff received a baseball scholarship to the University Maryland and played his first spring season in 1979 and started every game until he was drafted after his junior year. Jeff was the only player in Maryland baseball history to be named captain in his junior year, every other captain’s honors before and after Jeff has gone to a senior classman. Jeff received 1st team All-ACC honors and was an Honorable Mention All American in 1981.
Jeff is a second generation Maryland Terrapin. Jeff and his father Phil Rogers are the only father/son baseball combination in Maryland Baseball history to be named 1st Team All ACC, Jeff as a second baseman and his father as a catcher. Both Jeff and his father played for legendary Maryland Head Coach Elton “Jack” Jackson.
Out of the University of Maryland Jeff was the 12th round draft pick in 1981 by the Baltimore Orioles. Selected in the MLB Rule 5 Draft (first round, first pick) Jeff became a six year minor league Free-Agent in 1988 and signed with the Chicago White Sox.
1989 was the beginning of Jeff’s major league journey making the Chicago White Sox out of spring training as a non-roster invite. Jeff would spend the majority of the next five years in the major leagues.
Jeff was teammates with MLB greats Carlton Fisk, Randy Johnson, Omar Vizquel, Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mark McGuire to name a few. Also, in Jeff’s professional career he had the privilege of playing for World Series winning managers Joe Madden, Tony LaRussa and Charlie Manuel.
In 2010 Jeff was inducted into the Suffolk County, NY Hall of Fame.
Founded Carolinas Baseball Center (Charlotte, NC) in 2007
2010 became a Regional Director for USA Baseball NTIS Series. Jeff currently oversees the entire east coast for USA Baseball NTIS.
Founder and President of U Deserve A Chance Foundation. UDACF is a non-profit organization that raises money for the undeserved and provides athletic and educational opportunities, Health and Wellness clinics, along with life/skill lessons through the game of baseball.