In the moments when he's not at the library ("The only problem is that Tom's job is also his hobby," says Ginger), Heitz can usually be found at Cooperstown's Presbyterian church, where he is a deacon; at The Freeman's Journal, where he writes a weekly baseball column; or playing ball with the Leatherstocking Base Ball Club, a team that uses 1858 rules. Heitz and a couple of friends were inspired to form the team two years ago after completing a research project on early baseball.
When he's not involved with any of those activities, chances are Heitz can be found at a small wooden-fenced ballpark, in either Oneonta or Little Falls, where he goes in search of minor league distraction. Says Heitz, "I love my job, but everyone needs an occasional break from the library routine. What really reenergizes me is going to a game."