(5-9-20) While World War II was starting to wind down 75 years ago, the St. Henry Redskins were heating it up on the baseball diamond. Two straight years the Redskins would make it to the OHSAA State B Championship games (1945 and 1946), St. Henry would have to settle for two runner-up trophies….but what a ride.
This team would be long remembered after their high school careers ended, the Redskins featured two players who would have an impact in the world of baseball.
Wally Post would go on to have an 18 year Major League Baseball career, playing in the World Series for the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.
Teammate Lou Brunswick would make a giant impact on high school sports in Ohio and Mercer County. He would make Coldwater into one of the most respected high school programs in Ohio (still today) and was one of the founders of ACME baseball program.
This team could play….they had a little bit of everything including Wally’s brother Ed.
Story courtesy Mercer County Chronicle – June, 1945
Story courtesy Mercer County Chronicle – May, 1946
St. Henry would not make another State Tournament trip until Hall of Fame Coach John Dorner would lead the Redskins to the D IV title in 1999, 54 years after that first trip. Dorner would go on to lead St. Henry to two more titles in 2000 and 2003.