Brewers Wall of Honor Ceremony a Blast From the Past

Tonight we formally unveiled the “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park, commemorating Milwaukee Brewers players that meet a set criteria based on service to the club.

The Brewers Wall of Honor, unveiled 6/13/14 at Miller Park. Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club.

The Brewers Wall of Honor, unveiled 6/13/14 at Miller Park.
Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club.

A private ceremony for inductees, their families and special guests took place this afternoon, followed by a pregame ceremony honoring the inductees, that you can watch below.

At the private ceremony emceed by Bob Uecker, Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig; former player and now front office member Craig Counsell; Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke; and Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio all spoke at the event.

“Bringing baseball back to Milwaukee remains the highlight of my professional life and the achievement I am most proud of,” said Commissioner Selig in his introduction.

Next up was Craig Counsell, both an honoree and the idea man behind the Brewers Wall of Honor. “It’s for the fans. It keeps the history & tradition of Brewers Baseball alive & celebrates it….it’s the ‘I remember when,” he said as he went on to recall several great moments in Brewers history.

“I’ve looked forward to this day for a long time. From the time I bought the team, I’ve looked to celebrate the honor and tradition of the Brewers,” said Mark Attanasio.

The current Brewers team attended the ceremony where they mixed and mingled with the Brewers alumni. When Ron Roenicke took the stage, he said, “This community loves baseball, loves the Brewers. Thank you and congratulations. We honor the uniforms you wore before us.”

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As part of the pregame ceremony, Bud Selig, Robin Yount, Greg Vaughn and Craig Counsell threw ceremonial pitches to Bob Uecker, Charlie Moore, Ted Simmons and B.J. Surhoff.

As part of the pregame ceremony, Bud Selig, Robin Yount, Greg Vaughn and Craig Counsell threw ceremonial pitches to Bob Uecker, Charlie Moore, Ted Simmons and B.J. Surhoff.

There were 58 persons recognized on the Brewers Wall. Of those, 36 honorees attended the event and six honorees will be represented by family members. The complete list of players who will grace the Brewers Wall of Honor at the unveiling ceremony in June of 2014 is as follows (those present for the event are in BOLD, those who were represented by a family member at the event are in ITALICS and those not able to attend the event are in PLAIN text):

  • Hank Aaron
  • Jerry Augustine
  • Sal Bando
  • Chris Bosio
  • Johnny Briggs
  • Jeromy Burnitz
  • Mike Caldwell
  • Bill Castro
  • Jeff Cirillo
  • Jim Colborn
  • Cecil Cooper
  • Craig Counsell
  • Chuck Crim
  • Rob Deer
  • Cal Eldred
  • Mike Fetters
  • Rollie Fingers
  • Jim Gantner
  • Moose Haas
  • Bill Hall
  • Darryl Hamilton
  • Teddy Higuera
  • John Jaha
  • Geoff Jenkins
  • Harvey Kuenn
  • Sixto Lezcano
  • Pat Listach
  • Mark Loretta
  • Davey May
  • Bob McClure
  • Paul Molitor
  • Don Money
  • Charlie Moore
  • Jaime Navarro
  • Dave Nilsson
  • Ben Oglivie
  • Dan Plesac
  • Darrell Porter
  • Ken Sanders
  • George Scott
  • Kevin Seitzer
  • Allan H. “Bud” Selig
  • Richie Sexson
  • Ben Sheets
  • Ted Simmons
  • Jim Slaton
  • B.J. Surhoff
  • Don Sutton
  • Gorman Thomas
  • Bill Travers
  • Bob Uecker
  • Jose Valentin
  • Greg Vaughn
  • Fernando Vina
  • Pete Vuckovich
  • Bill Wegman
  • Bob Wickman
  • Robin Yount

The players inducted meet any of the following criteria while wearing a Brewers uniform:

-        2,000 or more plate appearances

-        1,000 or more innings pitched

-        250 appearances as a pitcher

-        Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)

-        Manager of a pennant-winning team

-        Individuals recognized with a statue on the Miller Park Plaza

-        Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played for the Brewers

Seven active players qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement. They are: John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks. Active players closing in on the thresholds include Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.

The Wall of Honor is now on permanent display outside of Miller Park on a wall on the North side of the ballpark.  Players on the Wall of Honor each have a plaque with their photo and a brief synopsis of their playing career.  The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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