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Wind Surge general partner passes away

Lou Schwechheimer, visionary and baseball lifer, dies at 62
July 30, 2020

WICHITA, Kansas -- It is with the deepest sadness and sorrow that the Wichita Wind Surge organization announces the passing of the team's majority owner and general partner, Lou Schwechheimer. Schwechheimer, 62, passed away this afternoon from complications related to COVID-19. Schwechheimer was the driving force behind the return of

WICHITA, Kansas -- It is with the deepest sadness and sorrow that the Wichita Wind Surge organization announces the passing of the team's majority owner and general partner, Lou Schwechheimer. Schwechheimer, 62, passed away this afternoon from complications related to COVID-19.

Schwechheimer was the driving force behind the return of affiliated baseball to Wichita and the construction of Riverfront Stadium. After spending 35 years with the Pawtucket Red Sox, helping to turn them into one of the elite Minor League Baseball franchises, Schwechheimer formed a group that purchased two Minor League teams, the Class A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Florida State League and the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes in the Pacific Coast League, who have since moved to Wichita.

"There are no words to express the loss to the entire Wind Surge family," said SVP/GM Jared Forma. "Lou was truly one of a kind, someone who never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends, which included an extended baseball family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lou's wife and daughter at this difficult time.

"The Wind Surge team will work tirelessly to fulfill Lou's dreams and visions for the great city of Wichita, a place he was proud to call home. We will ensure his legacy lives forever at Riverfront Stadium," Forma said.

The Wind Surge organization asks everyone to please respect the privacy of the Schwechheimer family during these difficult times.