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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (414) 902-4479.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prostate Cancer Foundation and MLB Step Up to the Plate to Raise Awareness and Fund Research for Prostate Cancer
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Major League Baseball (MLB) are once again teaming up to hit home runs for prostate cancer research and encourage fans to “Keep Dad in the Game” as part of the yearly celebration of Father’s Day and annual Home Run Challenge.
This year Joe Torre, MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, Hall of Famer and prostate cancer survivor, encourages baseball fans everywhere to support PCF’s efforts to end prostate cancer by delivering an important public service announcement – “to step up to the plate, help save lives and get one step closer to finding a cure.”
“Joe has been a great partner in our progress toward improved treatment outcomes and an eventual cure,” said PCF Founder and Chairman Mike Milken. “His work as well as those by MLB and all 30 Clubs has helped us raise more than $45 million for research programs that are saving thousands of lives.”
During this year’s Home Run Challenge, MLB and PCF encourage baseball fans to visit HomeRunChallenge.org to make a pledge for every home run hit during MLB games played from June 13 through Father’s Day, June 19. While visiting HomeRunChallenge.org, fans can also make a simple one-time donation, sign up to receive more information about prostate cancer, and participate in the PCF Home Run Trot promotion to win two (2) all-inclusive tickets to this year’s MLB All-Star Game in San Diego.
On Father’s Day, MLB players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires and groundskeepers will wear blue wristbands and blue ribbon uniform decals. Additionally, Clubs may host pre-game ceremonies and use a special blue MLB Father’s Day line-up card. Major League Baseball Charities has committed $50,000 to PCF as part of this annual effort.
Additionally, MLB Clubs will celebrate Father’s Day in specially designed uniforms for the first time. Father’s Day uniforms and caps will incorporate light blue into Clubs’ regular logos against a grey or white background. MLB will donate royalties earned from the sales of licensed Father’s Day jerseys and caps to PCF.
Since inception, PCF has been a pioneer in new drug development, providing key funding for FDA-approved treatments that improve survivorship. Funding support of the Home Run Challenge by MLB and its Clubs has helped lower the prostate cancer death rate by more than 50% and made possible discoveries in prostate cancer that now extend to saving lives in eight other forms of cancer.
This year, the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park searched for the most passionate Brewers family with their brand new “Brought Up a Brewer” contest.
Earlier this season, fans had the chance to submit a family photo of their whole Crew wearing their favorite Brewers gear, along with a 100-words-or-less essay on how their family has been the most passionate Brewers fans throughout the generations.
A team of Brewers judges selected five finalists earlier this week and a grand prize winner was revealed during an on-field pregame ceremony before today’s game vs. the New York Mets.
Christine Zoltkowski’s winning essay and photo can be seen below.
In addition to being recognized during pregame, Christine received a $250 shopping spree, six tickets to today’s game, an autographed baseball, as well as a special goodie bag.
Here are the photos and essays from the four runners up, who all received a $100 shopping spree to the Brewers Team Store:
A simple-but-creative idea from a 10 year-old fan became a reality today.
Earlier this year, Tyler Webb, a young Brewers supporter from Strum, Wis., submitted a suggestion that Miller Park should offer blue corn tortilla chips along with yellow cheese sauce to create Brewers-themed nachos. The Brewers front office and concessionaire Delaware North Sportservice loved the concept, and now “Tyler’s Nachos” has made its debut.
“We were having nachos one day, and we ran out of our yellow chips that we usually use. So we used blue corn chips, and I noticed that they were Brewer colors. Then, we emailed Delaware North, and they said they liked the idea,” Tyler said.
Tyler’s Nachos will be available for purchase at the Section 216 Cactus League Nachos stand on the Loge Level, and will be included in the stand’s menu of items through the end of the month. To literally top it off, fans may also opt for an “M” Brewers logo in sour cream on the item.
To celebrate the occasion, Tyler and his family were invited out to enjoy the game in a suite at Miller Park and received gifts as part of a rollout ceremony.
“I think it’s exciting. I think getting to go to the game and getting a suite to watch today’s game is the coolest part,” Tyler said.
The Milwaukee Brewers made eight selections during day two of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The team selected right-handed pitcher Braden Webb out of the University of South Carolina in the third round (82nd overall) with their first pick of the day. The Brewers drafted seven additional players on day two of the three-day draft, including 4 pitchers, 2 infielders and 1 catcher.
The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.
The complete list of selections can be found here.
In a time in the near future, in a ballpark near you, the Milwaukee Brewers will host Star WarsTM Night Presented by Kohl’s. Tomorrow (Saturday, June 11), join the Brewers as they duel (with bats, not lightsabers) the New York Mets at 3:10 p.m. in an epic battle against the Dark Side at Miller Park.
A number of Star Wars characters will make special appearances throughout the afternoon and evening.
In addition, fans can purchase limited edition Star Wars merchandise at the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park:
We’ll also have some special Star Wars-themed concessions to choose from on Saturday:
Lightsaber Pretzel Bites-$6
Princess Leia Cinnabuns- $5
Fans are encouraged to dress in costume and are permitted to wear masks, but the Brewers ask all aspiring Jedis to leave their lightsabers at home. Any and all lightsabers, toy guns or weapons will not be permitted in Miller Park. Fans will still be permitted to use the Force, so long as they do not bring in an actual device.
For more information about Star Wars Night presented by Kohl’s or other theme nights at Miller Park, please call 414-902-4777 or visit Brewers.com/specialevents.
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NOTE: Only those fans who purchased the Star Wars Night ticket package will receive a limited-edition Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper bobblehead. A valid voucher is required to pick up the bobblehead.