EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon will honor former baseball coaches the late Mel Krause and Don Kirsch at PK Park prior to Saturday’s 6 p.m. first pitch against Long Beach State.
Prior to the game, life-size busts of both Krause and Kirsch will be unveiled on the concourse of PK Park, and theirs sons, Guy Krause and Paul Kirsch, are scheduled to throw out first pitches before the game.
The busts were built using money donated by family, friends, former players and teammates.
Don Kirsch, the winningest coach in Oregon baseball history, passed away on May 7, 1970 after compiling a record of 445-242 in 23 years at Oregon, serving as head coach of the Ducks from 1948-1970.
During his tenure, the Ducks won five Northern Division championships, and recorded 22 winning seasons. Eight of his players were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, and four earned All-American honors. In addition during Kirsch’s tenure, 20 players received all-district honors, and 55 received all-Northern Division recognition.
Mel Krause is the second-winningest baseball coach in school history, and was instrumental in the return of the program following a 28-year absence. Krause, who passed away on June 13, 2008, served as a player, assistant and head coach of the Ducks’ baseball program in a career that spanned five decades. He served as the head coach from 1970 to 1981 when the program was eliminated, during which time he accumulated a 218-220-1 record and won two conference Northern Division championships.
Saturday’s game was originally scheduled for 2 p.m.