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Brewers Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Baseball Hall of Fame with Jersey Patch

Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs congratulate the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as it celebrates its 75th Anniversary this weekend with the induction of Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas.

Today, the Brewers will wear this special 75th Anniversary patch on their jerseys to celebrate:

Baseball salutes the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees and their families on receiving this tremendous honor.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

JIM HENDERSON BOBBLEHEADS ACTIVATED FOR TODAY’S GAME

After transportation delays threatened to knock the All-Fan Jim Henderson Bobblehead giveaway from today’s game, the truck carrying the items recovered in time and the giveaway will proceed as planned.

The final truck arrived at Miller Park at approximately 1 a.m. and with Miller Park staff working overtime, the distribution will occur as scheduled.

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All fans attending the game will receive the Bobblehead, one of nine All-Fan Bobbleheads planned for this season at Miller Park.

 

NINTH ANNUAL NEGRO LEAGUES TRIBUTE AT MILLER PARK

Ninety-one years ago, Rube Foster formed a team in Milwaukee calling it the Bears. 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.

Tonight, we honor the legacy of the Milwaukee Bears and all Negro Leagues teams as we host our ninth annual Negro Leagues Tribute at Miller Park.

Former Negro League players Ted Toles Jr. and Nathan “Sonny” Weston were honored during a tailgate reception at Helfaer Field as well as during a special pre-game ceremony at Miller Park.

Ted Toles Jr. was born on December 4, 1925 in Newton Falls, Ohio. Ted had an extensive baseball career before and after he signed with the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1946. He played in Newton Falls and with the Warren Game Cocks from 1940-46. Ted’s pitching coach got him noticed and he signed with the Negro Leagues’ Pittsburgh Crawfords. Ted went on to play for the Newark Eagles, Cleveland Buckeyes and Jacksonville Eagles from 1946-7 and in 1949. Primarily a pitcher, he also played in the outfield. Ted was noted for his fine fastball and deceptive off-speed pitches. His pitching skills and prowess at the plate took Ted to the Minor Leagues from 1949-1953.

Ted Toles, Jr. addresses the crowd before Saturday's Brewers vs. Mets game.

Ted Toles, Jr. addresses the crowd before Saturday’s Brewers vs. Mets game.

Nathan “Sonny” Weston was born on November 9, 1930 in New York City. Nathan played baseball for a number of teams throughout his career. He began with the Chicago Athletics, and played from 1947-50. In 1951, he made the move to the Negro American League and played for the Chicago American Giants. Although primarily an outfielder, he had a steady hand and played at first as well. Nathan finished his playing career in 1954 with the Independent League Jacksonville Eagles.

Weston addresses the crowd.

Weston addresses the crowd.

An autograph session with both honorees also took place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate. To support the museums and storytellers that carry on the memories, the proceeds of tonight’s 50/50 raffle will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City and Yesterday’s Negro Leagues Foundation here in Milwaukee.

Tomorrow, Toles Jr. and Weston will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC), beginning at 1:45 p.m. The Club is 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, we have honored 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 our first Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewed for Her Event in Full Swing

Today, prior to and during the Brewers vs. Mets game, we are hosting a special “Brewed For Her” event in the Gehl Club at Miller Park, an event geared toward women showcasing multiple products that are sold in the Brewers Team Stores, along with fashion tips, and interactive beauty stations highlighting new Brewers hair and nail accessories.

The event began at 2:30 p.m.today, 2 hours  before gates opened to the general public. This allowed attendees to time to shop the stores, visit vendor booths, and take part in additional activities before the game began. Over 30 vendors participated in this event and attendees received a special 20% savings on merchandise purchased during the event.

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The event kicked off with a Fashion Show in the Gehl Club featuring FOX Sports Wisconsin Girls and Brewers Wives--emceed Craig Counsell and Rick Schlesinger.
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Gone are the days of wearing men’s t-shirts to games and ill-fitting tank tops. The Brewers Team Store is chock-full of a variety of gear to suit any woman’s taste and almost any occasion such as attending a game, working out, or just being a weekend warrior.

Here are a just a few photos of some of the offerings on display at Brewed for Her:

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And, speaking of the Brewers Wives, did you know they have their own line of clothing from Majestic Threads, made with Swarovski rhinestones. A portion of the proceeds from these items goes to the Brewers Community Foundation.

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Hank the Ballpark Pup was also on hand for a special meet and greet with the fans.

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In addition, attendees could enjoy a beer and wine tasting and beauticians were on hand during the event to offer advice and give demonstrations–the station to have your nails painted and/or hair styled with purchased Brewers accessories was very popular.

Attendees also received a Brewers vs. Mets game ticket in the upscale Gehl Club at Miller Park, which included Hors d’oeuvres such as Roasted Chicken Crisps and Caprese Skewers; an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring a special menu that included Shrimp Scampi, a variety of salads and main courses of Prime Strip Loin, Chicken Stir Fry and Lamb Osso Buco; and two complimentary beverages.

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Each attendee also left with a special Brewed for Her swag bag containing a variety of items; items varied in each bag, but  here’s a sample:

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Kudos to Jill Aronoff, Chris Barlow and all of the staff that helped bring this event together. This was  the second year of the event and they really set the bar high for any events like this in the future!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Vote for Ryan Braun for the 2014 Branch Rickey Award

Fan voting for the 2014 Branch Rickey Award began this week and Brewers fans can vote for our nominee, Ryan Braun.

The Branch Rickey Award is an honor that recognizes professionals in MLB for exceptional community service.

The award was named in honor of Branch Rickey, who was voted “Most Influential Person in Sports in the 20thCentury” by ESPN’s SportsCentury panel.  Rickey was credited with breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. As President and General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, he signed the first black player, Jackie Robinson.

Rickey was also dedicated to community service, encouraging the expansion of the “Knothole Gang” program to offer underprivileged kids who could not afford a ticket a chance to attend Major League games.

Each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs nominates one person from their team for the annual award.

Among the charities supported by the Brewers nominee, Ryan Braun, are Brewers Community Foundation, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish, YMCA Wisconsin and Sharp Literacy.

A National Selection Committee, comprised of members of the sports media, past Branch Rickey Award winners and Rotary District Governors in Major League cities vote on the nominees to choose the winner each year. This year, fans  also have the opportunity to help decide the winner by casting votes on Facebook. The independent accounting firm of RubinBrown LLP verifies the ballots.

Fans can vote online at http://BranchRickeyAward.org and via Facebook.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com 

Girl Scout Night at Miller Park

Earlier this week, we hosted Boy Scout Night at Miller Park and tonight, we are pleased to host Girl Scout Night!

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-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Jimmy Tatro Throws Ceremonial First Pitch at Brewers vs. Mets Game

Tonight, we are pleased  have Jimmy Tatro in the house!

Jimmy  has acted in feature films 22 Jump Street and Grown Ups 2, along with his YouTube Channel, Life According to Jimmy.

Jimmy threw out the first pitch prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Mets game.

Jimmy Tatro throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Brewers vs. Mets game on July 25, 2014.  Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Jimmy Tatro throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Brewers vs. Mets game on July 25, 2014.
Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Now This is a Story All About How…Will Smith Ended Up with a Fresh Prince of Bel Air Jersey

I’ve said it before. When your name is Will Smith, you have to have a good sense of humor….to put up with people like me who think they are so funny and original:

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But earlier this season, when I stumbled across this promotion that the State College Spikes were hosting, even Will himself couldn’t help but get excited:

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Yes, to commemorate “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” the timeless ’90s sitcom that really put the “other” Will Smith on the map, on June 29, the Spikes, a Class-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, located in Pennsylvania, wore funky, graffiti-inspired jerseys and hosted Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton, Will’s cousin on the show.

I reached out to Ben Love, producer of in-game entertainment for the Spikes and explained our special situation. A month later, this happened:

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Will, chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool.

A special thanks to Ben and the SC Spikes for sending us a special #13 jersey for Will. It was very kind of you (especially since you are an affiliate of one of our biggest rivals!) and it made his day.

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You may also recall that back in June, the entire bullpen was “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” in NYC at the MLB Fan Cave:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Wisconsin State Fair’s Cravin’ D. Creampuff Visits Miller Park to Promote the $15 Fair Days Double Play

Tonight, we were pleased to have Wisconsin State Fair’s Cravin’ D. Creampuff on hand, along with Creative Manager Andy Kroening, to throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch:

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They are here to celebrate our $15 Fair Days Double Play, a ticket package with an awesome value: For just $15, you will receive one Terrace Reserved ticket to one of the Brewers vs. Giants games (August 5, 6, or 7) and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular®, July 31-August 10. (Note: Offer ends Wednesday, August 6. This ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.)

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Wisconsin State Fair is one of my favorite times of the year and I’ve already made plans to attend at least twice.

And to think you can see both the Fair AND the Crew for just $15? That’s something to smile about.

And so is this:

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Visit brewers.com/statefair to take advantage of this deal before it’s too late!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Rainbow Loom Night at Miller Park

Hundreds of youngsters and their families came out to Miller Park tonight to take part in a special event pertaining to the 2014 Toy of the Year, the Rainbow Loom.

In case you’re not aware, Rainbow Looms are plastic toy looms used to weave colorful rubber bands into bracelets and charms. Rainbow Looms have become quite the phenomenon among children, roughly ages 8-14.

It’s a popular pastime in summer camps and the like and children make and swap their rubber-band bracelets much the same way I did with “friendship bracelets” as a kid.

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The Rainbow Loom has become somewhat of a pop culture icon, as Jimmy Kimmel featured a #SuitOfTheLoom on his show back in February:

The Rainbow Loom was invented in 2011 by Cheong Choon Ng of Novi, Michigan and we were pleased to have him here at the ballpark tonight to  highlight the evolution of the loom, unveil a new finger loom, and sign autographs.

Loom creator Cheong Choon Ng stands next to a Loom suit worn by Jimmy Kimmel.

Loom creator Cheong Choon Ng stands next to a Loom suit worn by Jimmy Kimmel.

Rainbow Loom staff and Learning Express Toys were also onsite to teach new bracelet designs.

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Plus, all children were able to create their own Monster Tail Rainbow Loom with Brewers-color rubber bands and the first 500 children received a special Hank charm.

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Looks like fun was had by all!
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-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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