WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The man credited as the driving force behind affiliate baseball’s return to Wichita is being honored by the team that next week will finally take the field at Riverfront Stadium.
Lou Schwechheimer, managing partner of Wind Surge, died of complications from COVID-19 last year. Due to the pandemic, the 62-year-old has not been fortunate enough to see new MLB affiliated club Wichita make their debut at their new stadium.
In Schwechheimer’s memory, the Wind Surges will wear ‘Lou’ badges on their jerseys throughout the 2021 season, which kicks off Tuesday, May 4 on the road. The Wind Surge will debut in Wichita next Tuesday, May 11, against Amarillo. The first field for the new Wichita team at Riverfront Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The patch features Schwechheimer with a corner of Riverfront Stadium in the background and Schwechheimer’s signature below.
“It was a very natural decision to have the patch,” said Jordan Kobritz, Managing Partner of Wind Surge, “We were discussing how best to honor Lou this season, and while we were still in conversation, Todd brought us the patch, and immediately we knew that was it.
The Wind Surge said Schweccheimer was a 40-year Minor League Baseball veteran and called him “a visionary for the Wind Surge and Riverfront Stadium, and the catalyst for the team’s move from New Orleans to Wichita. “
“Lou truly believed in minor league baseball, and he saw the Wind Surge and Riverfront Stadium become a part of the Wichita community for decades to come,” said Jane Schwechheimer, Lou’s wife and majority sponsor of Wind Surge. . “Having him on the field with the team every night is a wonderful celebration of the commitment and passion he had for our organization and for baseball.”
Graphic designer Todd Radom, whose work includes an official Super Bowl logo, an NBA All Star Game logo and several projects for Scheweccheimer, including the Wind Surge identity design, created the “Lou patch” that the team will wear in every game, at home and away this season.
“Helping to pay homage to my friend Lou was truly a labor of love. I think of him every day and know that his vision, his generous spirit and his constant love for baseball will forever be anchored in the soul of the club, ”said Radom.
The Wind Surge has stated that the “Lou” patch, as well as the “Lou” t-shirts will be available in the Wind Surge team store at Riverfront Stadium, as well as online.
“All net proceeds from the sale of the patch and jersey will be donated to the Schwechheimer Family Foundation, a 501c3 entity that will operate the Baseball Museum at Riverfront Stadium and provide opportunities for underserved members of the Wichita community,” said the team.
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