John Howard Trautwein (born August 7, 1962 in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1988 season. Listed at 6' 3", 205 lb., Trautwein batted and threw right-handed. He attended Northwestern University where he earned a degree in Chemistry, was Academic All Big-10 and captained Northwestern's most successful baseball team in school history in 1984.
In 1984, Trautwein was purchased by the Montreal Expos from the Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League. Then, in 1987 he was obtained by Boston from the Expos in the Rule 5 draft, but was returned by the Red Sox to Montreal in 1988. Hours later, he was sent by the Expos to Boston in exchange for Victor Rosario.
Trautwein currently lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with his wife Susie, and their four children. He is the President of Source Support Services, Inc., a global IT services organization in Suwanee, GA.
John and Susie Trautwein are recipients of the Presidential Point Of Light Award, for their work in founding the non-profit Will To Live Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity that is dedicated to spreading the awareness and education of teen suicide in America and around the world. John and Susie started the foundation after the suicide death of their oldest child, and son, Will, who took his own life in October 2010.
Trautwein is an accomplished public speaker and gives over 100 speeches a year on teen suicide awareness to schools, teams and organizations around the country.
Trautwein wrote a book about his son Will's suicide, My Living Will: A Fathers story of Loss & Hope which was published in December 2014.
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