The Milwaukee Brewers honored former Milwaukee Braves first basemen, the late Joe Adcock, with an induction into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this afternoon.
After his family visited his spot on the Walk of Fame, Joe’s son, Jay, spoke to the media at a special press conference. There, Jay relayed the story of how his father and mother met, when Joe was injured and Joan was his nurse, as well as a funny anecdote about his mother’s first time coming to a game to watch his father play.
Following the press conference, there was an on-field ceremony, emceed by Bill Schroeder.
Afterwards, Adcock’s grandson, Joseph, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Adcock received 23 of 34 votes (67.61%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election. Adcock fell one vote shy of election in 2015.
Adcock spent 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 10 with the Braves. His tenure in Milwaukee spanned from 1953 to 1962, as he batted .285 with 239 HR and 760 RBI in 1207 games. Adcock notched a number of memorable feats while playing for the Braves. On April 14, 1953, he recorded the first base hit and scored the first run in County Stadium history. The following year, on July 31, 1954, he belted four home runs with a double at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, setting a single-game record of 18 total bases, which lasted 48 years.
Adcock was also a member of the Braves 1957 World Championship team. He drove in the lone run in a 1-0 Game 5 World Series win vs. the New York Yankees. The Braves went on to defeat the Yankees, four games to three. On May 26, 1959, Adcock broke up Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter with a walk-off double at County Stadium. Adcock ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1206), home runs, RBI and total bases (2164).
Past inductees to the Walk of Fame include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner 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, Johnny Logan in 2013 and Teddy Higuera in 2015.
Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park. The Adcock 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.
The John Zussman Baseball and Softball Scholarship Awards honor outstanding student athletes in the Milwaukee Public School System. John Zussman formed the “Knothole Cub,” which offered youth a chance to go to Milwaukee Braves games. John passed away but his daughter, Ann Lederman, continues his scholarship.
This year’s Zussman scholarship winners are Sofia Diaz for softball from Ronald Reagan IB High School (not pictured) and Kellen Bruch for baseball from Rufus King International High School. They were honored prior to this afternoon’s Brewers vs. D’Backs game.
Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, or the RBI Program, is a MLB youth baseball initiative and partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The RBI program was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth ages 9 to 17 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Each month, we honor RBI student athletes on the diamond that portray dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance.
This month’s honoree is Keaton Rock. Keaton is a junior at St. Francis High School and has been an RBI participant with the Hillside Boys & Girls Club for the past 7 years. Keaton is a very skilled pitcher and a good first baseman. Keaton pitched a 6-0 no hitter against the Twins RBI during the Championship game last week. With Keaton’s stellar pitching helped advance his team, for the first time, to the World Series game in Cincinnati next month. When Keaton is not playing baseball, he dedicates his time to mentor and train the RBI youth players.
Congratulations, Keaton, keep up the great work!
Tomorrow, Brewers Community Foundation and U.S. Cellular will host 500 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee for the Brewers 1:10 pm contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is all part of the Little Brewers Baseball Program, which gives local children an opportunity to play organized baseball. Prior to the game, Little Brewers participants will enjoy a tailgate in the Yount & Uecker parking lots.
During the tailgate, Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM will stop by and interact with the kids. In addition, Brewers Community Foundation and U.S. Cellular will present a check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to help support the Little Brewers Baseball Program in a pregame ceremony.
The Little Brewers Baseball Program gives Wisconsin children, ages 6 through 9, an opportunity to play in an organized baseball program each summer through their local Boys & Girls Club chapters. The program receives $10,000 in support from Brewers Community Foundation and $10,000 from U.S. Cellular, which is the corporate sponsor for the Little Brewers Club. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee administers the Little Brewers program.
7/28/16 Update: Here are some photos from today’s event!
As part of the Brewers Wives Dinner Delivery Program, several Brewers Wives gathered to prepare and cook a hot meal for the families at Fisher House Wisconsin this evening.
The house provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.
The Brewers Community Achievers Program recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.
All adults and school-aged children throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the program. Fans can nominate their Community Achiever online or pick up a nomination form at the Guest Relations Booth on the Field Level Concourse at Miller Park during the season.
This month’s honoree is Miguel Green. Miguel started as a volunteer with Milwaukee RBI since its inception in 2007.
He now serves as the Boys & Girls Club Director of Baseball and Softball Program. Miguel works tirelessly in mentoring youth athletes, maintaining baseball fields and providing resources needed to succeed in school and after graduation. Miguel’s dedication helped lead the Milwaukee RBI 18U league to the RBI World Series game in Cincinnati next month.
Thank you, Miguel, for your continued support of the youth in the community and the Brewers RBI Program. Good luck in Cincinnati!
Do you know someone who is a Community Achiever?
Perhaps they started a neighborhood clean-up program, volunteered to prepare meals for their elderly neighbors or even performed some feat of heroism. Nominate them today by clicking here.
BREWERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION COMPLETES DONATION TO RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES EASTERN WISCONSIN
Today, Brewers Community Foundation, along with Bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel and his wife, Jill, visited Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to donate 20 custom-made mirrors for the various sleeping rooms throughout the house. The contribution concludes a commitment to outfit all 77 of the rooms with the colorful, custom model mirrors which feature encouraging phrases such as “You are Beautiful,” “Strength,” “Hope,” “Cherish Family,” “Play Games,” “Dream Big” and “Support.”
They presented the final mirrors to RMHC and helped to install them in several rooms on the premises. In addition, to the donation, Brewers Wives prepared lunch for the families and took a tour of the house.
Since 1984, the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee has helped provide housing for families whose children are receiving medical care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin or other area hospitals. The house has provided over 36,000 stays, with families coming from 569 Wisconsin communities, all 50 states and many countries around the world. Brewers Community Foundation has supported the house in a variety of ways throughout the years. This includes Brewers Wives meal deliveries, funding of the play structure, building the peace garden and the art therapy room.
The Milwaukee Brewers today named Kellen Kasper to the new position of associate corporate counsel.
Kasper joins the organization from Foley & Lardner LLP, where he has worked as a litigation associate since September 2010. He previously spent one year as a sports law clinical intern with the Brewers in 2009.
Kasper will officially begin his role with the Brewers on August 22 and will report to the Brewers Vice President – General Counsel Marti Wronski.
Kasper is a 2007 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (cum laude) in 2010.
A native of Mequon, Wisconsin, he and his wife, Krysten, reside in Whitefish Bay.
Today the Brewers Wives were in the community helping distribute lunches, along with frozen treats from the Brewers Treat Truck, for the Salvation Army’s “Feed the Kids” Summer Meal Program at Carver Park.
The Salvation Army Feed the Kids Summer Lunch Program feeds hundreds of children in underserved areas every day during the summer months.
Today was the annual “Family Day” at Miller Park, a fun-filled event where the family members of players and coaches get to come on the field and play baseball, visit with the mascots, take photos and participate in other fun activities before the game.
As expected, much cuteness ensued.
There was new dad Andy Wilkins:
Today’s starter, Junior Guerra and his family:
The Counsells, posing for a family photo:
Family time with the mascots:
Kids participating in Major League Moment with their dads:
an adorable first pitch:
and Rowan Counsell yelling “Play Ball!”
Family Day is always a highly-anticipated day for players and their families and it looks like once again, fun was had by all. Now let’s cap the day off with a win over the Cubs!