Baseball in Evansville

Stories From the Cutting Room Floor

Category: Basketball

  • Corky – The Long Road

    Another in the winter series of basketball stars who played baseball in Evansville. This one is a little longer because there’s a lot to tell. As the 1956 season was nearing an end, a sports story started with a single Evansville player at bat.  Evansville’s professional baseball teams had a history of spawning stories from…

  • Ralph Beard – The Last At Bat

    Another in a series of basketball stars who took to the diamond in Evansville. After St. Louis University won the 1948 NIT at Madison Square Garden, Ralph Beard and the Adolph Rupp-led Kentucky Wildcats captured the NCAA Championship at the same venue. Later that summer Beard added an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1948 London…

  • Hank Raymonds – Who Knew?

    Third in a series of basketball stars who also played baseball in Evansville, following Frank Schwitz and Clarence Kraft. In March of 1948 the St. Louis University Billikens won the National Invitation Tournament college basketball crown at Madison Square Garden over NYU behind the play of “Easy” Ed Macauley, their All America big man. Arguments…

  • Big Boy Kraft – The Wonder from the Y

    Second in a series honoring players who went from the hardwood to the diamond, joining Frank Schwitz. A largely unknown story of baseball in 1910 featured an Evansville River Rat who went to bat just one time. It was what this player achieved after that brief and unsuccessful plate appearance that makes it newsworthy. The…

  • Frank Schwitz – Coach

    To kick off high school and college basketball season I’ll begin a series on minor leaguers who went from the hardwood to the diamond at Bosse Field. I’ll begin with a hometown boy, Frank Schwitz. The 18-year-old was signed right out of Central High School by Evansville Braves manager Bob Coleman as a pitcher in…