Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Did You Know? Don Buschhorn pitched for the Kansas City Athletics baseball club

Don Buschhorn knows baseball. He knows stats, names and can even analyze the pitching styles of many of the guys that take the mound each day in today MLB games.

But that is because Don himself used to be a pitcher for the original hometown team, The Kansas City Athletics.

From Independence, Mo., Don says he has been playing baseball (or some form of the game) since childhood. It was, as he said, "Something he has always done and loved doing."

Through high school and farm leagues Don became not only a fearsome pitcher, but also a switch hitter that connected with the ball half the time he went up to bat.

In 1965, The A's, playing at Municipal Stadium, signed Don to pitch for the team during one of its toughest seasons.

Today, Don works with in the Facility Services department at MCC-Longview. In May the Kansas City Royals, along with the Kansas City A's Historic Society, honored the A's past players at a ceremony and reception at Kauffman Stadium.

Later this month, The A's and Don will once again take to the field as the T-Bones also honor the players of Kansas City's first professional ball club.

1 comment:

  1. He had really tremendous stuff, more than anyone on the A's those days, including Blue Moon Odom. I saw him a few times in Modesto, I believe, and he was unbelievable.