Baseball: Researching the National Pastime

Don Kirsch

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
Maintained by Ted Smith

This photo is from the University of Oregon archives.