(3-18-19) With High School baseball season starting it is only fitting that a new book being released about Coldwater’s Hall of Fame Coach Lou Brunswick is being released, Everyone Counts: Faith, Family & My Life in Baseball.

Excerpts from the book

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 who 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 match up, 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.

You can purchase the book online for $18.99  or pick up a copy and get it autographed by Coach Brunswick at McSober’s Saloon in Coldwater on April 13th.

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The book is written by Don Hensley who is a former sportswriter and the current manager of Honda’s North America Corporate Communications department. He has been with Honda since 2001. Prior to that he spent 13 years as a sportswriter for various newspapers, before spending the last 10 years with the Bellefontaine Examiner where he served as sports editor and managing editor. Hensley got to know the Brunswick family through covering Greg Peitsmeyer’s Bellefontaine football teams and Mark Brunswick’s Bellefontaine baseball teams.

“I was thrilled when the Brunswick family asked me to write Lou’s biography. What an incredible honor and opportunity to get to know Lou. I always knew he was a great baseball coach … but it is the rest of the story that really needed to be told. There aren’t a lot of Lou Brunswick’s left in this world and we need to cherish them while we can.”

When asked if he has a favorite part of the book, Hensley was quick to cite chapter 4.

“It’s heartbreaking, but the story about Lou and his brother in the Korean War has to be the one chapter in the book that people will not expect, When Lou first gave me the stack of letters between his brother Clete and his mom and then Lou and his mom, I knew this would be like nothing I had every written.”

Don and his wife Diane started Rounding Third Publishers, LLC in order to print the books and later help others self publish their own works.

 

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