TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Several Washburn University players bowed their heads at home plate during the Monday evenings game between the Topeka Golden Giants and Topeka Senators, honoring their former head coach Steve Anson.
"I started tearing up," said Conner Crimmins, who currently plays for Washburn University. "I know he was smiling because he was never one to make things about himself."
Another Washburn Player in the Mid-League Plains game was David Gauntt, who said, "It was such an honor to play for that guy. A guy who dedicated his life to baseball and to furthering young men like me."
Anson died tragically in a tree trimming accident at his home in Grantville on Sunday.
Conner Crimmins dug into the plate with a heavy heart but felt playing the game he loved would make Anson proud. "I was in shock at first but getting back on the field and knowing I was playing for him was all that was on my mind. I know this is what he loved and he would have wanted me to play."
Rain clouds threatened Monday night's double header but a rainbow off in the distance gave a sense of positivity and that life will go on.
Corey Gregg, another WU player said, "He was always positive and if you were having a bad day he'd say just get after it and keep playing hard and that's just what we strive to do."
"I think going forward we will be playing for him and playing the right way, because that's what he taught us and that is what he would want. He was a man's man," said Gauntt.
Funeral arrangements for coach Anson are still being finalized.