Who We Are
Founded in 1981, Holabird Sports is a family-owned and operated running and racquet sports specialty shop located just 20 minutes from Baltimore's Inner Harbor! The Holabird family consists of 65 local employees. We are local sports enthusiasts, runners, tennis players of all levels, certified teaching pros, Master Racquet Technicians, Senior Olympians, collegiate athletes, marathoners, squash and racquetball players, and so much more. At Holabird Sports, our goal is to consistently provide you with excellent service, expert advice, a top-notch selection and prices you're sure to love.
What We Offer
We pride ourselves on offering the best selection and prices, experienced service and constant reliability to our customers. We offer a wide selection of everything you need for running, tennis, squash and racquetball. We stock over 2000 styles of shoes, a full selection of athletic apparel, sports medicine and equipment for fitness enthusiasts of all ages and levels. Our 42,000 sq. ft. space includes a one-of-a-kind showroom, fully stocked warehouse, offices and local service center. Whether you are a sports enthusiast or a serious athlete, you’re sure to find all of the advice and gear you need to fuel your passion when you shop with us.
Who IS that adorable pup? Why, that's none other than Sir Winston Napoleon himself! You might recognize him from the 'gram, or if you're local, you may have spotted him strutting his stuff around Baltimore's inner harbor. Our official mascot, Winston embodies the joy and positivity that we hope to deliver to our customers through quality service, products, and the love of fitness. There are lots of pet lovers here at Holabird so stay tuned for more adorable pet photos as we continue to update this page 🐶🐱🐰
My father, Willie, loves tennis. For him, it's more than just the game; it's also the community around it. In 1975, he turned his love of tennis into the Greenspring Racquet Club—the largest indoor tennis and racquet club in the Mid-Atlantic region. I’m proud to say that Greenspring has been a beloved part of the Maryland tennis community for decades. However, for my father, providing Baltimore with one great racquet club wasn’t enough, and in 1979 he built the Holabird Racquet Club to serve the other side of Baltimore. That same year I joined my father in the family business. In 1981, we began a mail order business from the Holabird Racquet Club, shipping tennis racquets and specialty racquet sport equipment all over the country. We called it Holabird Sports Discounters, placed a 1/12 page ad in TENNIS magazine, and began fulfilling orders from all over the country. Even though decades have passed and hundreds of thousands of orders have been fulfilled, I can still remember the first order I ever took and how excited I was. We actually expanded our business after customers and employees expressed an interest in running shoes, in order to accommodate their requests. In 1989, back when people still dialed up through Prodigy and Compuserve, we developed our first Internet presence. Then, in 1996, we launched our first website and have been expanding online ever since.
In keeping with the family tradition my own son, Brian, began working at Holabird during the summers while he was still in school. 10 years ago he started full-time, adding his valuable insight and taking his place in the Holabird family. Today, Holabird Sports occupies 42,000 sq feet including a 7,000 sq ft store just minutes outside of Baltimore city. The store’s design reflects our values and beliefs. We knew that our customers would need to try their racquets so we built an indoor demo court with a backboard. We knew that people would need experts and professionals to talk to, so we hired professional U.S.R.S.A. Master Racquet Technicians to run our stringing program and the most knowledgeable tennis players and runners we could find. Our one-of-a-kind store and fully stocked warehouse was specially designed to efficiently fill the orders from our thriving online business. And while generations of my family have dedicated our lives to Holabird, the true Holabird family includes our customer service department, racquet technicians, warehouse employees, in-store experts, web team and marketing department. Many of our employees have been with us for decades. We truly enjoy what we do and we care about each and every person that places an order on the Holabird website or walks through the doors of our store. Sure, we’re about great selection, low prices and customer service, but we’re also about family and community. We take tremendous pride in what we do and every time you call us you’ll be connected to someone who is an integral part of the Holabird business.
We look forward to helping you.
David Hirshfeld, 2018