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Lew Krausse (krausle02)
Lewis Bernard Krausse Jr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 186 lb.
- High School Chester (PA) High School
- Debut June 16, 1961
- Final Game September 23, 1974
- Born April 25, 1943 in Media, PA USA
- Died February 16, 2021 in Holt, MO USA
He started the first home game in the history of the Oakland Athletics, facing the Baltimore Orioles at the Oakland Coliseum on April 17, 1968. Fifty years later to the day, on April 17, 2018, he returned to the Coliseum to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the game marking the team's 50th anniversary. The A's had granted fans free admission on this special occasion, so over 46,000 persons were on hand to witness the game. Two years after making A's history, he did the same for the Milwaukee Brewers, as the starting pitcher in their first-ever game on April 7, 1970.
Krausse was a star at Chester High School, pitching several no-hitters. Immediately upon graduation he signed with the Kansas City Athletics (another source says his father was a scout for the A's at the time) and appeared in the majors one week later, throwing a three-hitter. Source: Delaware County Sports Legends
He passed away from cancer in February 2021, at age 77.
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1970)
- JR Radcliffe: "Lew Krausse, who threw first pitch in Brewers history, dies at 77", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 18, 2021.