Memorial For Late Washburn Coach Steve Anson Draws Large Crowd

By: Justin Surrency
By: Justin Surrency

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Over a thousand people gathered at Falley Field for a memorial to honor the late Washburn University baseball coach Steve Anson.

Falley Field was filled with family, friends, coaches and both current and former Washburn student-athletes.

While Steve Anson was best known for coaching over three decades of Washburn baseball players, his legacy will be remembered for much more.

Anson's former college coach at Kansas State University, Phil Wilson, said he wasn't surprised to see the large turnout, saying, "He had an atmosphere about him that everybody loved. He was one of the best teammates these guys had. He would always be there to stand up for you and go to bat for anyone. He was always there when you needed him."

60 year old Steve Anson, an avid outdoors-man, died tragically in a tree trimming accident at his home in Grantville Sunday, June 22nd which was a surprise to many.

"He was the fittest 60 year old," said Jerry Schemmel, who played for Anson at WU from 1980 through 1982. "I thought not only would he be at Washburn forever, but he'd live to be 100 years old. So to hear about it was not just tragic but shocking," said Schemmel.

Those who knew the man who was synonymous with Ichabod baseball still can't believe he's gone.

"He was Washburn baseball. He was the trunk and the branches were the players and he was so proud of that," said Schemmel.

Coach Anson racked up the most wins in school history on the diamond throughout his 35 years at Washburn, but it's the things not etched into the record books that touched so many lives and set him apart.

"The satisfaction he got out of life and out of coaching was how successful and what his students and players succeeded at in life and how well they endured once they got out of college," said Anson's former Penn High School (Ind.) coach.

Adding to the memorial celebration for coach Anson, former
Washburn University pitcher Brett Ash signed with the Seattle Mariners Monday evening.

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