In 1948, Don Kirsch became the Oregon head baseball
coach at the tender age of 25, after playing for Hobson.
It was Kirsch more than anyone who made excellence
synonymous with baseball at the University of Oregon.
Kirsch coached the Ducks from 1948-1970, leading the
Webfoots to 23 straight winning seasons, five Northern
Division titles, and a 7th-place finish at the NCAA
tournament in 1954. Kirsch died in May of 1970 after
compiling 445 career-coaching wins against 238 defeats.
Kirsch’s coaching ability was lauded in 1970
when he was elected to the American Association of
College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
April 27, 2004
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