New Biography Chronicles Extraordinary Life of Ohio Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Lou Brunswick
COLDWATER, Ohio – During his 35-year coaching career at Coldwater High School in Ohio, Lou Brunswick won more than 750 baseball games and five state titles. Along the way he earned every coaching honor imaginable – including being inducted into the Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
But that’s only half the story.
Influenced by a childhood friendship with Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Famer Wally Post, the racism he saw firsthand while playing pro ball in the south and the pain and suffering caused by war, Brunswick’s story is one worthy of a movie script.
His recently released biography, Everyone Counts: Faith, Family & My Life in Baseball chronicles the life of a man who was a great coach, but an even greater gentleman. Published by Rounding Third Publishers, the book can be purchased for $18.99 plus tax at www.rounding-third.com.
“This book is about so much more than just baseball; it is about the life of an incredible human being. It takes us back to a simpler time when a man was judged not by the money in his pocket, but by the impact he had on the lives around him,” said Don Hensley, who authored the book with Brunswick. “Lou is what every coach aspires to be – fair, honest, competitive and successful. This story will remind every one of us why we fell in love with baseball.”
At the urging of his children, Brunswick, who turns 90 later this year, began telling his lifelong story into tape recorders. It didn’t take long for his family to realize the stories were worthy of something much greater. After they reached out to Hensley in 2016, the project began in earnest and culminated in early April 2019 when the book was released.
“My wife and I had told these stories, but I never even thought of it as a book. But boy am I glad we did,” Brunswick said. “It has turned out incredible and I am so humbled and proud.”
Growing up on a small farm in Wendelin, Ohio with Post as a boyhood pal, Brunswick went on to play baseball at St. Henry for Charles Karcher. From there, legendary scout Tony Lucadello signed him to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. Brunswick toiled for three seasons in the minor leagues before arm trouble and the Korean War ended his dream.
Everyone Counts also relives the nightmares of war. Through a series of letters, the book shares the pain of Lou’s brother’s death in Korea and his own time served in the war.
There is also plenty of baseball. Interesting and humorous stories highlighted his coaching career, along with plenty of big game recaps and coaching tips that will educate the most novice and experienced coaches.
The 248-page book was designed by Steve Smith and printed by Mercer Color Corporation.
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