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Karl Winsch

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Karl Edgar Winsch

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Karl Winsch pitched three years in the minor leagues and managed for three seasons in the AAGPBL.

Winsch debuted in 1942 with the Rome Colonels and went just 1-3 with a 7.24 ERA. In 1943, he was 10-9 with a 4.58 ERA for the Trenton Packers. He pitched 40 games, tied for second in the Interstate League and his 13 hit batters tied for the league lead. He walked 99 and struck out 99. He followed with a 4-4, 4.07 campaign with the Utica Blue Sox in 1944 to complete his pitching career with a 15-16 record.

In 1947, Karl married another native of East Greenville, PA, fellow pitcher Jean Faut. Faut would become one of the greatest hurlers in AAGPBL history. The next year, Jean and Karl had their first child, Larry.

Winsch became the manager of the South Bend Blue Sox, his wife's team, in 1951. They had the best record that year 75-36, fell to second at 64-43 in 1952 and were 45-65 in 1953. South Bend won the playoffs in both 1951 and 1952 with Jean winning the finale both years. In 1952, Karl suspended Shorty Pryer for not going in to pinch-run quickly when asked. Several South Bend teammates joined Pryer in a walk-out, leaving Winsch's team short-handed for the playoffs.

The marriage of Karl and Jean caused conflict between Faut and her teammates and led to her early retirement. The couple had another child in 1957 but divorced 11 years later.

Sources: bio of Jean Faut, The AAGPBL Record Book by W.C. Madden, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database, 1945 Baseball Guide