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Everyone Counts: Faith, Family
& My Life in Baseball Written By Don Hensley Jr.
For nearly four decades Lou Brunswick coached his Coldwater baseball team to 750 wins. Along the way he earned every honor imaginable – including being named to the Ohio Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame. But to think of Lou as only a great baseball coach is shortsighted.
Everyone Counts: Faith, Family and My Life in Baseball takes the reader on a journey from the Mercer County farmlands where he grew up, to the low minor leagues where the fields were hardly diamonds. It shares the heartbreak of war, the jubilation of winning five state championships and has more coaching tips than you can imagine.
A great coach and an even greater gentlemen, Lou Brunswick’s story is one that will take you back to a simpler time and remind us why we fell in love with baseball.
Excerpt from Everyone Counts
Lou talks about his 1945 St. Henry team that made the state finals.
For a bunch of farm boys from Mercer County, the experience was far greater than just playing the game of baseball. For many of the players, that 100-mile trek to Columbus might as well have been a trip to New York City.
We stayed at the Neil House downtown. We had never seen buildings that tall ... it was amazing. I walked out in the street and I was looking up at the biggest buildings I had ever seen … and I almost got hit by a car. It was the most incredible experience.
Of course, we were still boys. Some of the rooms in the hotel had beds that when you hit a button, they would fold into the wall. So naturally, we would get some of our teammates to lay in the bed and then we would flip them into the wall and trap them. That sure was a lot of fun.
It seems like just yesterday … I can still see their faces. Boy, we wished we had won it all, but we knew then … and I still know today … that it was an experience none of us would ever forget.
ST. HENRY'S 1945 CLASS B STATE RUNNER-UP TEAM. From the left, front row: Lou Brunswick, Ralph Stammen, Bob Heinrichs, Paul Geier and A.J., Collins (principal); second row: Coach Charles Karcher; John Koesters, Pete Stammen, Ed Post, Carl Borger and Wally Post.