Brunswick vs. Mantle
If you are a minor league pitcher, the chances are pretty good that you will get a chance to prove your mettle against major league players at some point during spring training. Well, that chance came for Lou and it happened to be against a young player who would become a hall of famer and one of the greatest sluggers of all time, Mickey Mantle.
It was a meaningless spring training scrimmage and they sent me in to pitch against a young Mickey Mantle. Mickey broke into the bigs in 1951 so this was right about that time. I would like to say this was the classic David vs. Goliath matchup, but I was smarter than that and I knew what was about to happen.
First, I about crapped my pants. Then I threw two pitches in the dirt and those were the closest of the four pitches to the strike zone. He walked and I survived
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Everyone Counts: Faith, Family & My Life in Baseball
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 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 deep South in the 1950s where Lou played minor league baseball. 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 all of us why we fell in love with baseball.