Wayne Richard Krenchicki

Born: Fri., Sep. 17, 1954
Died: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018

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Wayne Richard Krenchicki, age 64, of Pittsfield, IL (formerly of Ewing, New Jersey) passed away from natural causes on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at his residence, as he watched a Milwaukee Brewers playoff game.  He was born on September 17, 1954 in Trenton, New Jersey to Isabel B. (Starzynski) and Thomas J. Krenchicki, Jr. He attended Ewing Township’s Fisher Elementary and Junior High Schools, and graduated from Ewing High School in 1972.

Wayne took his first swings at age 6, under the instructive eye of older brother Tom (himself a former Triple-A ballplayer). Tom made Wayne (a natural righty) bat lefty, to give Wayne his best shot at baseball success. At Ewing High, Wayne starred in baseball and basketball, making the Athletic Hall of Fame for both. But his greatest sports moment in those years came when, at 15, he and his Ewing Babe Ruth League All-Star teammates won the Babe Ruth World Series in San Diego, putting Ewing on the baseball map forever. Ewing celebrated like never before. Wayne was a hero even then, along with his teammates.  He remains a Ewing sports hero to this day.

After graduation, Wayne attended University of Miami on a full baseball scholarship. He was a three-year letterman in baseball at the University of Miami.  In 2000 he was elected to the ‘Canes Athletic Hall of Fame, which made Wayne swell with pride. He was on the U.S. National baseball team at the Baseball World Cup in 1973 and at the Pan American Games in 1975, winning gold and silver medals, respectively. He was on the Boulder, Colorado team that won the National Baseball Congress World Series in 1975. The Baltimore Orioles made him a first-round draft pick in 1976. From that day forward, Wayne lived out his dream of being a big league ballplayer.  After a brief stint with the Orioles’ Rochester Triple-A farm club, Wayne made the majors; once there, he never looked back.  Wayne played for Baltimore (1979-1981); the Cincinnati Reds (1982-1985); the Detroit Tigers (1983); and the Montreal Expos (1986).

After his playing days, Wayne had a 20-year career as a manager, starting with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1991, in Arizona and then Beloit. He loved Wisconsin (and its fishing and hunting), so he made Beloit his home for the next 25 years. In his later years managing, Wayne went back home to New Jersey, managing the Camden River Sharks and the Newark Bears, then winning a league championship with Newark. Still living in Beloit, Wayne became part owner of a popular sports tavern, The Hog Cabin Saloon, where his Reds jersey still hangs with pride. He moved only last year to his farm in Pittsfield, Illinois. After his retirement as a manager, Wayne loved to golf, hunt, fish, and follow the Packers and Badgers. He split his later years between Beloit and his farm in Pittsfield, IL, enjoying those outdoor pursuits. A bad fall slowed him in 2014; with hard work he was able to get back to golf, hunting and fishing before his death.

He is survived by his sister Connie Tambini, of Nottingham, MD, his sister-in-law, Doreen Fox Krenchicki (widow of older brother Tom) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, nieces Corinne Krenchicki and Marcella Tambini, nephew Michael Tambini, great-nephew Trenton Thomas Smith, and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his lone brother, Thomas J. Krenchicki III.

Friends and family are organizing celebrations of Wayne’s life in Wisconsin, Illinois and New Jersey.  No formal funeral services are planned. Instead, Wayne’s wish to be cremated has been honored, and Wayne’s ashes will be scattered at his favorite hunting blind by his hunting buddies this November, as Wayne asked.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, IL is handling the arrangements.

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   Posted Mon October 22, 2018

Larry Stankewitz
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018
Was saddened to hear of the passing of Wayne. Good friend of mine and my family's for 25 years. Many good memories(Golf, pool leagues, badger games, Geneva lakes kennel club). R.I.P.

Joe Oliver
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018
My wife, Kim and I are so sorry for you loss! God Bless you and the family! We have you all in or prayers!

Joe and Kim Oliver

tom Runnells
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018
As a former teammate of Wayne's I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to the family! God blessed us all with his life and love for baseball and the outdoors! Rest in peace Chicki!

Bruce Berenyi
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018
Please accept my condolences for your great loss. Wayne was a great teammate and friend for the three years we played together in Cincinnati. He was always smiling and that helped a lot in those days because we were on a last place team. I always thought he should have been playing more. Wayne, I'll see you when I get there! Bruce Berenyi #38

Ron Oester
   Posted Tue October 23, 2018
I’m so sorry to hear about Wayne. We hadn’t seen each other in while but he was a good friend and teammate. Very loyal, thoughtful and yeah, stubborn (in a good way. That stubbornness made him a good ball player. We used to hunt together in the off season . I had many a beer with Chicki. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. #19 will be missed.

Ross Grimsley
   Posted Tue October 23, 2018
So very sorry to hear of the passing of Wayne. Our thoughts and prayers to his family.

Ross and Byrd Grimsley

Liz Bloyer
   Posted Tue October 23, 2018
Our deepest sympathy, from our family to yours. Wayne will be missed dearly by so many. Rest easy Chick, we love you!

   Posted Tue October 23, 2018
My heart is truly saddened by the passing of Wayne
Please accept my deepest condolences to all he family
and friends. He will be missed and remembered by

Roy Haug
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
You were my best bud while you were coaching for the Camden Riversharks and the Newark Bears. May God grant you eternal memory and a Blessed repose. Roy and Joan Haug (Bussie for the Riversharks and Bears.)

Gail Hutchinson Eggert
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing at such a young age. Went to Jr. High and High School with him. Outstanding athlete and sweet guy. Prayers to his family and friends.

Sam Holzhammer
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
Chick, our friendship and memories live on forever. RIP my bud, Till we meet again. Love you.

Marta Konopka
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
Connie & family and Doreen
I'm sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He will be missed by all who knew him and we will all have special memories of him.
I will remember all of the good times that we had growing up in Ewing and playing baseball with him before he became famous
God Bless Wayne

I wish the family peace and comfort during this difficult time
Marta Worth Konopka

Pete Sapnar
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
To Wayne's Sisters & Family:

Wayne & I first crossed paths in 1965 when, as a 10 year old, he was the batboy for the Ewing Post #314 American Legion Baseball Team for which I had the pleasure to manage. His brother, Tom, was our shortstop and a very fine player in his own right. Wayne came from a wonderful family. His father faithfully followed his "boys of summer" as they worked their way toward professional baseball contracts. He was an elite baseball player and a very good high school basketball player. It was such a pleasure to follow his baseball successes in Little League, Babe Ruth, High School, American Legion, Miami University and his professional career. Through it all he maintained that small town Ewing Township, New Jersey values. Thank you for the memories, Wayne. You not only achieved significant successes while chasing your dream but you made so many of us so very proud for being one of the 15 players that brought the 1970 Babe Ruth World Series Championship to Ewing Township, New Jersey.

R.I.P. my friend. I am so proud to have had the honor to have joined you as an inductee into the Ewing High School Athletic Hall of Fame. See you up the road.

Jayne Byer
   Posted Thu October 25, 2018
I remember Wayne as a student at Ewing High. Wayne would hang in my art room with his best friend Sam H during lunch with several other students. He was a gifted athlete and a positive role model for others. My deepest sympathy to his beloved family.

Robert E Chamberlin
   Posted Fri October 26, 2018
I'd like to offer my condolences at this time. My Grandparents knew Mr. and Mrs Krenchicki and they remembered how proud they were when Wayne signed with Baltimore. I followed Wayne's playing career and remember searching packs of Baseball cards not looking for stars or HOFers but cards of Wayne! He signed several items for me and got me a Detroit Tigers signed Baseball, autographed some cards, and got me a 1985 Cincinnati Reds Yearbook. I remember a 1982 game the Reds were playing the Phillies. I remember watching that game and my Grandmother did too. When Wayne got up to bat, he hit a Home Run and my Grandmother jumped up and down! You would have thought Wayne was her son! I was happy too! He will be missed!

Brian Bodine
   Posted Sat October 27, 2018
My condolences to Connie & all those who loved Wayne.
May he rest in eternal peace & may you be comforted knowing Wayne is in a wonderful place called Heaven. Love, Brian

Kathleen Petrowski
   Posted Sun October 28, 2018
My greatest memories of being at Ewing High were going to watch you and the team play basketball and baseball. You were an amazing talent and now you can play for the angels on that diamond in the sky.

   Posted Mon October 29, 2018
Dear Connie & Family,

We were so very shocked & sad to hear of Wayne's passing. We will keep Wayne & the entire family in our prayers.

With Deepest Sympathy

Helen & Marty Dougherty & Family

Danny driessen family
   Posted Tue October 30, 2018
Just heard about Wayne , our hearts are broken he was one of our best friends in the game. I don’t have the words to express my pain. Rest In Peace good buddy. Danny Driessen

   Posted Tue November 13, 2018
"Lucca",Why so soon? The best 3 years of my life were with you being my double play partner at the "U"!! Hope they were yours too.My condolences to all your family.Rest in Peace-Joe

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