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Ryan Braun Kicks Off SHARP Literacy Summer Learning Gain Initiative With Rally at Neighborhood House Garden Park

Today Ryan Braun kicked off SHARP Literacy’s eight-week summer educational program, which will reach approximately 350 students at nine locations throughout the city of Milwaukee including:  Neighborhood House, Journey House, Our Next Generation, COA-Riverwest, Milwaukee Christian Center, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Neu-Life at Gwen T. Jackson, St. Joan Antida High School, and Milwaukee Summer Reading Project.

SHARP Literacy has partnered with Ryan Braun and Brewers Community Foundation to promote the Summer Learning Gain Initiative, a SHARP educational program that uses summer break to support academic success by helping urban school students catch up on previous learning loss and make strides toward exceeding academic expectations the following year.

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At the kick-off, Braun addressed approximately 120 students from three of the above-mentioned community centers, learning centers and schools about the SHARP Literacy summer program, literacy, and the importance of reading throughout the summer.  Kids then participated in a variety of baseball-themed activities, enjoyed ice cream from the Brewers Treat Truck, and met the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages.

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SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Milwaukee nonprofit educational program whose sole mission is to enhance future life success by energizing urban children, motivating them to identify themselves as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners by inspiring engagement in reading, writing and research through hands-on interaction and visual arts.  The primary goal of SHARP Literacy is to provide elementary school students with an imaginative learning experience that builds confidence, self-esteem, and a greater awareness of the world. In the coming year SHARP Literacy Inc. will impart foundational literacy skills to over 7,000 elementary school students in 28 of Milwaukee’s most at-risk schools.

 

Brewers Team Store Batter Box Promotion: Free 1975 All-Star Print with Purchase

Get ready for this season’s MLB All-Star Game with official merchandise from the Brewers Team Store. Plus, when fans participate in the fourth installment of the Brewers Batter Box promotion – Be an All-Star, they will receive a free 23″ x 10″ canvas print!

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Fans are able to assemble their own Brewers Batter Box by purchasing four different products from the following categories: Accessories, All-Star Game Items, Authentic Collection, New Era, Player Novelties, and Player T-Shirts. In addition to the four products fans add to their boxes, they will also receive a free 1975 All-Star Game Mega Ticket canvas print. The canvas is an enlarged replica of the ticket from the Midsummer Classic hosted by the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium during the 1975 season.

So, be sure to stop by the Brewers Team Store and gear up for the All-Star Game today! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to help send your favorite Brewers to San Diego: Vote Brewers up to 35x here.

Each of the four items purchased must be from a separate category. Offer valid at any of the Brewers Team Store locations. While supplies last. See stores for details.

BILOXI SHUCKERS AND MILWAUKEE BREWERS EXTEND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a two-year player development contract extension with the Biloxi Shuckers. The new agreement ensures that the team’s Double-A affiliate will remain in Biloxi through the 2020 season.

“The Brewers and Shuckers have a great partnership and we are excited about this extension,” said Brewers Farm Director Tom Flanagan. “MGM Park is one of the premier ballparks in all of Minor League Baseball and we look forward to playing there for years to come.”

“We are extremely proud to announce the continuation of this partnership between the Brewers and Shuckers,” said Shuckers President Ken Young. “We have developed a great relationship with the Brewers over the past two years and the impact of the players and coaches on the field and in the community has been tremendous.”

Biloxi has been the home of the Brewers Double-A affiliate since the start of the 2015 season. The Shuckers have seen 19 members of the organization be named All-Stars in just two years. Last season, the team clinched a spot in the playoffs when they were crowned the Southern League South Division First-Half Champions. Biloxi made it to the Southern League Championship, but ultimately fell in the final game of a five-game series.

 

Bring Toiletries With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a toiletries drive during the Brewers series against the Nationals. 

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring are invited to bring new toiletry items (i.e., soaps, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, body wash, body spray, hairspray, etc.) with them to Miller Park. In return for a donation of toiletries (or $5), they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Jeremy Jeffress.

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Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.

-Cait

@Cmoyer

Summer’s Here! Time to Get Outside and Get Active!

Today is the first official day of summer and thankfully, the weather has FINALLY started to warm up around these parts after a lackluster spring.

Summer is the perfect time to come out to the ballpark and tailgate with your friends and it’s also time to get outdoors, get active and perhaps even try your hand at one of our fun upcoming Brewers events.

From 5K runs and walks to half-marathons and bike rides, we have an event for practically anyone to participate.

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If this weather doesn’t inspire you to get outside and start training, we’ve got a special promo code to help you save on registration.

Use code “Summer” to save on registration for both the Brewers Mini-Marathon on September 10 and the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk on July 30!  Use the code to register for the Brewers Mini-Marathon and save $10 off the half marathon or 10K race, and $5 off for the 5K distance.  The same code will help you save $5 off registration for the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk, as well as $10 off the Hitting for the Cycle bike ride.

Be sure to RACE to take advantage of this great deal. This offer is good for today only!

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS HOST ANNUAL NEGRO LEAGUES TRIBUTE GAME, PRESENTED BY FROEDTERT & MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN, ON JUNE 25

The Milwaukee Brewers will host the franchise’s 11th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, presented by Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, at Miller Park on Saturday, June 25, when the team takes on the Washington Nationals at 3:10 p.m. The Brewers will honor the significance of the Negro Leagues and their impact on the game by donning Milwaukee Bears uniforms, the city’s 1923 Negro Leagues representative. The Nationals will also honor the Negro Leagues by wearing uniforms from the Homestead Grays, who played home games in Washington, D.C. from 1940-42.

At this game, the Brewers will honor former players and baseball contributors Roosevelt Jackson, Ray Knox and William McCrary during a tailgate reception at Helfaer Field, beginning at noon, along with a special pre-game ceremony at Miller Park. In honor of the event, Brewers Community Foundation will make a donation to both the Negro Leagues Museum and Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players Foundation. In addition, an autograph session with the honorees will take place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate.

Roosevelt Jackson, 98, is believed to be the oldest living member of the Negro Leagues. A pitcher and outfielder, Jackson played for teams such as the Miami Globetrotters, Florida Cuban Giants, Hollywood Redbirds and the Miami Red Sox, among others. Jackson, who also managed, later worked as a scout with Philadelphia Phillies. A native of Gay, Georgia, he was honored in 2010 with the unveiling of a postage stamp that featured his likeness.

Ray Knox, 83, played catcher for the Chicago American Giants and New Orleans Eagles from 1949-52. Born in McComb, Mississippi, Knox was scouted while playing semi-pro baseball in Aurora, Illinois. He started playing with the Chicago American Giants in 1949, and at the age of 17, he was one of the youngest Negro League players ever signed.

William McCrary, 86, grew up in Beloit, Wisconsin. He was a reserve shortstop with the Kansas City Monarchs from 1946-47, where he was a teammate of Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige. McCrary went on to spend the rest of his career with the semi-pro Omaha Rockets, and the New York Yankees’ and Chicago Cubs’ farm teams.

On Sunday, June 26, Jackson, Knox and McCrary will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center (MKDC) located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC), beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Brewers are once again partnering with the MKDC and the Church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.

In previous years, the Brewers honored pitcher Gilbert Hernandez Black and catcher/third baseman James Beckum (2015); pitcher/outfielder Ted Toles Jr. and outfielder Nathan “Sonny” Weston (2014); outfielders George Altman and Lonnie Harris (2013); pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012); pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame. During the Brewers’ first Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.

The Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League, played only one season before disbanding, but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill.

Fans will be able to purchase Milwaukee Bears merchandise at Helfaer Field prior to the game. In addition, jerseys and caps worn by the Brewers players and coaches will be authenticated through Major League Baseball’s Authentication Program and will be available for fans to purchase prior to the day of the game. Jerseys and caps that are not pre-sold will be available for purchase through the Brewers Authentics Department, at the Brewers Authentics Kiosk (located behind Section 111 on game days), or the Brewers Charity Auction scheduled for a later date (Brewers.com/auctions).

Fans interested in purchasing or learning more about pricing and sizing information of jerseys and caps available are encouraged to contact the Brewers Authentics Department at gameused@brewers.com or by calling (414) 902-4479.

GREG VAUGHN TO ATTEND HIS ALL-FAN BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY DAY

Today we announced that Greg Vaughn will be in attendance on Sunday, June 26, when the team honors him with his own Bobblehead day. All fans who turn out for the 1:10 p.m. contest against the Washington Nationals will receive a Greg Vaughn ‘90s Bobblehead, presented by Pepsi.

(Psst! Want to guarantee your own SIGNED Vaughn bobble? Click here to purchase an extra-special ticket package that also includes food and drink!)

Vaughn was the fourth overall selection by the Brewers in the 1986 First-Year Player Draft. He spent eight seasons in the Cream City where he batted .246 with 528 runs, 799 hits, 158 doubles, 13 triples, 169 home runs and a .333 OBP in 903 games. He ranks eighth all-time on the Brewers home run list.

The former outfielder will get the game underway when throws out the ceremonial first pitch. He will also be available at 1:10 for autographs for 45 minutes on the Field Level concourse near the big glove in the U.S. Cellular® Power Playground behind section 108.

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s contest against the Nationals and can be purchased by calling 414-902-4000 or by visiting the Brewers Box Office at Miller Park.

BREWERS SIGN 13 PLAYERS FROM 2016 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT

Today we announced the signings of 13 selections from the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

The list of the 13 signings made by the Brewers is below.

 

Draft Signings

 

 

 

 

#VoteBrewers Update: Lucroy Cracks Top 5 for NL Catchers

The third NL ballot update is in, and Jonathan Lucroy is making a charge!

Lucroy has climbed into the top 5 vote-getters among National League catchers while Ryan Braun continues to rank in the top 5 National League outfielders. There are only 16 days left to vote, so make sure you #VoteBrewers five (5) times now, and be sure to come back and vote again tomorrow and every day to send Lucroy, Braun and the rest of the Brewers to the Midsummer Classic in San Diego on July 12!

You can vote up to 35 times. Voting ends on June 30, 2016 at 10:59 p.m. CT.  Vote Today. Vote Tomorrow. Vote up to 35 times.

Special Ticket Package Added for Greg Vaughn Bobblehead Day; Includes AUTOGRAPHED Vaughn Bobble, Plus Buffet & Drinks

On Sunday, June 26, all fans in attendance at the Brewers vs. Nationals game will receive a bobblehead featuring retired #Brewers slugger Greg Vaughn wearing his 90s uniform!

Now, here’s your chance to come home from that game with your bobble signed by the 4x All-Star. 

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Today, we’re launching a special ticket package in the Associated Bank Check Deck for that game. For just $89, you’ll get your game ticket,  a full buffet featuring Klement’s bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut, Klement’s hot dogs, BBQ smoked pulled pork, southern rubbed grilled chicken breast, brown sugar baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, assorted cookies and brownies, unlimited soft drinks and two complimentary beers per adult, PLUS an AUTOGRAPHED Greg Vaughn Bobblehead.

These packages are extremely limited! Click here to purchase. [Click on the “Buy Individual Tickets” button and select the June 26th game under the Associated Bank Check Deck Offerings.]

6/17 Update: Sorry folks, this special ticket package is now sold out! Regular for the game on Sunday still remain and you’ll have the chance to meet Greg Vaughn as we announced yesterday that he will be attending the game and hosting a meet and greet after the start of the game.

-Cait

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