Brewers Sign Jack Kalman to Major League Contract!
Many of you will remember that back in January, we launched the second year of our Fan-tastic Forty promotion. All fans that purchased or renewed ticket packages of 20 games or more had the opportunity to win a variety of unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days.
Prizes included a tour of the Miller Park roof, a game of catch with a Brewers reliever, getting your photo on a Brewers 2012 Season Ticket and much more, ending with the final prize of signing a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform and one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.
A Brewers Season Seat Holder since 1975, Jack Kalman of Franklin won the prize and a press conference was held to formally welcome him to the team today, with many of Jack’s family and friends in attendance, including his wife, Vicki, and Audrey Kuenn, wife of the late former Brewers manager, Harvey Kuenn.
“We appreciate your loyalty as a fan,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin, when presenting Jack with his contract. “It’s exciting to know that we have fans like you who have followed the organization for many years, through the ups and downs.”
Jack is a retired kitchen cabinet manufacturer who owned and operated Style-Line Manufacturing in West Allis for 34 years.
He started going to baseball games at Milwaukee County Stadium at age 12 and he attended the World Series games in 1957 when the Milwaukee Braves became World Champions. Jack has never missed an Opening Day game of the Milwaukee Braves or Milwaukee Brewers. In 1982, he went to all 81 regular season games and all seven World Series games. A close personal friend of the late Harvey Kuenn, Jack regaled the crowd at his press conference with stories and even reminisced about staying in the same hotel suite for Game 1 of the World Series with the then-Brewers manager and his wife and going out after the game with Harvey to celebrate the Brewers 10-0 victory over the Cardinals.
It was because of Harvey that Jack chose to wear #32 on his uniform.
“I thank everybody and this is really awesome, a lot more than I expected. Thank you.” Jack said.
In addition to the salary and uniform, Jack was also able to park in our VIP Lot and will be throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays