The Obit For Dick Hauck

Dick Hauck a coaching legend
Pete Rose played for him at Western Hills

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Saturday, March 29, 2008


DELHI TWP. - Richard F. "Dick" Hauck pitched in the Reds minor league system until bursitis in his left shoulder ended his promising baseball career. But his loss was the gain of many players and students.

Mr. Hauck went on to become a legendary coach and educator - especially on the West Side, where baseball reigns. He coached Hit King Pete Rose and Ed Brinkman, who played in the majors from 1961 to 1975 and went on to coach with the Chicago White Sox.

Mr. Hauck, 79, died March 2 at Riverview Community in Delhi Township. He had recently moved there from his home in Green Township.

A retired principal at Bridgetown Junior High School, he also served on Cheviot City Council and was a vice president of the former Harvest Home Savings Bank.

Born in Cincinnati on April 4, 1928, Mr. Hauck grew up in Cheviot. He played on the American Legion Bentley Post 1944 national championship baseball team.

A member of the Western Hills High School Class of 1947, Mr. Hauck earned six letters in three years playing fullback on the football team and pitching for the baseball team.

He was "one of the greatest pitchers I ever saw at his age," Coach Paul Nohr told The Enquirer in 1984 when Mr. Hauck was inducted into the Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame.

He was also a standout on the gridiron.

"Hauck went both ways and was outstanding," said former teammate Bill Zimmer Jr. in a 1984 Enquirer interview. "In one game he sustained a separated shoulder, two sprained ankles and a separated muscle in his left thigh. He had so much tape on he looked like a mummy - and he played the whole game."

Mr. Hauck made first team All-City in both sports.

He received a baseball scholarship to Ohio State University, where he pitched for the varsity team from 1949 until 1951. He was an all-Big Ten pitcher who had the strikeout record in 1951. The Buckeyes were the Big Ten's championship team that year and played in the NCAA College World Series,

Mr. Hauck tried out for the Reds after college.

In those days, players played during the summer and held other jobs the rest of the year.

Mr. Hauck began teaching biology and coaching the baseball and football teams at Withrow High School in 1952. He spent four summers pitching for Reds minor league teams and expected to advance to the Major League team the next year, according to his son, Mark Hauck, of Woodbridge, Va. But a shoulder injury in the off season led to bursitis and the end of his baseball dreams.

Mr. Hauck taught science and physical education and coached at Western Hills High School from 1958 until 1968. He coached the Mustangs to the Ohio high school baseball championship in 1967.

"I had Pete Rose when he was a sophomore," he told the Western Hills Press in a 1983 interview. "His brother Dave was a better player, but he didn't have the desire Pete had."

Mr. Hauck also coached the American Legion Budde Post Team to the national finals in 1962 and 1969. One of his players was Ed Brinkman, a Major League shortstop for 14 years.

Mr. Hauck was assistant principal at Aiken High School from 1969 until 1971 and at Oak Hills High School from 1972 until 1978. He ended his career as principal of Bridgetown Junior High in 1983.

From 1960 until 1966, he served as a councilman for the Second Ward on Cheviot City Council.

In 1971, he joined the board of directors of the Baltimore Savings & Loan Co and was named secretary and managing officer in 1983. When Baltimore Savings & Loan merged with Harvest Home Savings & Loan in 1985, he became vice president and director. He retired Jan. 1, 1998.

Mr. Hauck was inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1982.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife, Janet Oberlander Hauck; a daughter, Deborah Greenham, of Stovelle, Ontario, Canada; three sisters, Helen Hauck of Wyoming, Elsie Muller of Montgomery and Pearl Hartker of Columbus; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service is 1 p.m. today at Westwood United Methodist Church, 3460 Epworth Ave. Interment will be private at Baltimore Pike Cemetery in Westwood.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Dick Hauck Memorial Scholarship, c/o Oak Hills High School Booster Club, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45248.