Engelhardt: Author pens Evansville baseball history book

From Gordon Engelhardt at the Evansville Courier and Press on March 9, 2020, on SABR member Kevin Wirthwein:

What began as a vanity project turned into a full-fledged history of Evansville baseball book by Kevin Wirthwein.

“I started out as a fan of the 1966 Evansville White Sox,” said Wirthwein, a Harrison High School graduate.

The “Esox” played in Evansville from 1966 to ’68 in the Double-A Southern League.

“The team struggled and failed during a time when the Vietnam War and racial tensions were at their heights,” Wirthweim said.

As a kid going to Bosse Field to watch the “Esox,” Wirthwein idolized catcher Ed Herrmann and third baseman Bill Melton, who became the first member of the parent “Chisox” to lead the American League in home runs, with 33 in 1971.

Read the full article here: https://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/2020/03/09/harrison-grad-recounts-evansville-baseball-history-1860-s-1970-s/4933499002/

Originally published: March 10, 2020. Last Updated: March 10, 2020.