From flipping over an actual ambulance, to beating the pulp out of the seemingly invincible Roman Reigns at Payback on Sunday, Braun Strowman has been out to prove that he’s WWE’s greatest monster. As it turns out, greatness runs in his blood. Strowman, real name Adam Scherr, is the son of Rick “Crusher” Scherr — “the Home Run King of Softball,” and arguably the greatest slow-pitch player of all time.
The 6’5, 310lb slugger moved furniture for a living, but was referred to by the Orlando Sentinel as the Babe Ruth of softball. “I must have hit 4,000 homers in those 20 years,” he said in that same interview. “I’d rather hit it over the fence because it’s less running.”
Scherr’s softball legacy started in 1968 in his home state of Wisconsin, but he’s probably best known for his run with Howard’s Western Steer, a team out of Denver, North Carolina. 21 years after his debut, Scherr was still socking dingers, averaging a home run every 2.3 times at bat in 1989. He was voted by his peers as the best player of the decade (1980s), and was inducted into the USSSA Hall of Fame.
Though circumstances didn’t allow him the opportunity to play major league baseball, Scherr proved that he could hang with the best of them when he went on a sponsored tour of seven MLB stadiums to see if he could hit a softball as far as the pros could hit a baseball. Said Scherr, “I hit them out of every one.”