Teddy Higuera to be Inducted Into Miller Park “Walk of Fame” Friday
The Milwaukee Brewers will honor former pitcher Teddy Higuera with induction into the Miller Park Walk of Fame on Friday. An on-field ceremony, emceed by Bill Schroeder, is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. prior to the game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Afterwards, Higuera will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Higuera received 25 of 32 votes (78.1%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election. In February, the Brewers announced the results of the Walk of Fame balloting as voted on by members of the media throughout Wisconsin as well as Brewers executives.
A lifetime Brewer, Higuera played nine seasons with the team. He debuted with the Brewers in 1985 and went 15-8 with a 3.90 ERA and 127 strikeouts, while finishing as the American League runner-up for Rookie of the Year. The following season, Higuera posted a 20-win season, going 20-11 with a 2.79 ERA, including 207 strikeouts and 15 complete games. He earned All-Star honors and finished second on the Cy Young Award ballot that season. Higuera followed his success by setting the franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 240 in 1987 (since surpassed by Ben Sheets’ 264 strikeouts in 2004), as he went 18-10 with a 3.85 ERA in a career-high 35 starts. Overall, he went 94-64 with 3.61 ERA in 213 career games (205 starts). He currently ranks third among franchise leaders in career wins and strikeouts (1,081).
Past inductees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. (Bud) Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); Lew Burdette in 2010 and Johnny Logan in 2013.
Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park. The Higuera plaque, which will be located on the outdoor plaza terrace along the left field side of the ballpark, will be available for photo opportunities as well.