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Selig Experience Attracts Out-of-Town Visitors

The Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honor Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, has been open for just about a month now and fans have been lining up for it at every game.

In addition, over the last few weeks, former Brewers players who have found themselves visiting Milwaukee with opposing Clubs have made it a destination as well.

Last week, former Brewers Ned Yost and Dale Sveum (now manager and hitting coach, respectively) visited the experience when they were in town the Kansas Royals:

And today, Hall-of-Famer and former Brewer Paul Molitor, who is in town as manager of the Minnesota Twins, had the chance to view the Selig Experience with Selig himself.

Bud Selig and Paul Molitor pose outside of the Selig Experience, located in the left-field corner on the Loge Level at Miller Park. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Bud Selig and Paul Molitor pose outside of the Selig Experience, located in the left-field corner on the Loge Level at Miller Park. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Molitor and Selig take in the Selig Experience at Miller Park. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Molitor and Selig take in the Selig Experience at Miller Park. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Afterward, I had the chance to speak with Molitor about the exhibit:

 

 

 

The attraction certainly is fantastic and Brewers fans both young and old will find that it stirs up many emotions.

Visit Brewers.com/SeligExperience for more information, including how to register in advance to see it.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers Visit Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Early this afternoon, I had the pleasure of touring the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) with a group from the Brewers that included Manager Craig Counsell, Bench Coach Jerry Narron, Hitting Coach Darnell Coles, Coach John Shelby, infielder Jason Rogers, Brewers Wives and a few members of the front office.

Founded as a one-room office in 1990 at the corner of 18th Street and Vine, the site of the 1920 founding of the Negro National League, by 1997 it had grown to the 10,000-square-feet museum that we visited today.

Founded as a one-room office in 1990 at the corner of 18th Street and Vine, the site of the 1920 founding of the Negro National League, by 1997 it had grown to the 10,000-square-feet museum that we visited today.

Our tour guide, Raymond Doswell, led us on the NLBM’s unique tour, which circles a large field, with bronze statues of Negro Leagues greats at each position. One must pass through the exhibits telling the story of the league in order to gain access to the field at the end.

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Negro Leagues Museum

Part of the tour involves watching a short film entitled “They Were All Stars,” narrated by James Earl Jones.

Along the way, our tour guide told us the interesting stories behind the photos and artifacts that we were viewing, such as a ball signed by Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Joe Black, Jim Gilliam and Ty Cobb; a letter regarding an assessment on then-Indianapolis Clown player Henry Aaron; a collection of baseballs autographed by Negro League veterans given to the museum by Geddy Lee (yes, that Geddy Lee, of the band Rush); and a copy of “Satchel’s Rules for a Good Life,” that prompted many to capture a photo.

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The Negro Leagues modern structure dates to 1920 when Andrew “Rube” Foster, a former player, manager, and owner for the Chicago American Giants, joined several others to start the Negro National League. Soon, other leagues formed throughout the United States, including Milwaukee in 1923.

In 1947, MLB’s Brooklyn Dodgers brought over Jackie Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs to become the first African-American in the modern era to play on a Major League roster.

“It’s history, an important part of baseball history,” said Counsell. “I learned a lesson about American history and baseball history. You get a better understanding about how important baseball was in the African American communities in that time period.”

Jason Rogers echoed that sentiment.”I knew some of the history, but I enjoyed learning a lot more about it,” he said. “I liked it a lot. I’m glad I came.”

Here’s a brief interview with Jason about his visit:

 

Each year, the Club honors the Negro Leagues with a tribute game at Miller Park. As part of the event, the Brewers’ players wear uniforms of the Milwaukee Bears team that played one season in 1923. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 18 when the Brewers face the Pirates. More details pertaining to this year’s Negro Leagues Tribute Game will be released leading up to the event, so stay tuned.

A huge thanks to Raymond and the staff at the museum for a phenomenal tour. I highly encourage all baseball fans to pay a visit to Kansas City to see it.

Jason Rogers, Jerry Narron, Darnell Coles, Craig Counsell and John Shelby pose with the statue of Satchel Paige at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Jason Rogers, Jerry Narron, Darnell Coles, Craig Counsell and John Shelby pose with the statue of Satchel Paige at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

Selig Experience Unveiled at Miller Park; See it For Yourself Beginning Tomorrow

Tonight, the Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honor Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, was unveiled at a private function that included Selig and his family, current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio, Manager Craig Counsell, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker, Rachel and Sharon RobinsonBarry Alvarez and several Brewers players and coaches, as well as other special guests.

The event kicked off with a program on the field at Miller Park, which included remarks from Uecker, Manfred, Attanasio and Selig, in addition to Brad Shelton, the Creative Director/Project Development at BRC Imagination Arts, the experience design agency that led the design and production of the Selig Experience.

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“This is one of those really rare unique times in life where you see a little boy’s dreams come true,” Selig said. “When you look around and you walk Miller Park tonight… you see Henry Aaron sitting there, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker…The last 51 years are filled with really great memories.”

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Following the program, guests were invited to view the Experience and enjoy dinner. Here’s your own sneak peek at the Experience:

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Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers.

In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.

During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.

In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.

Hearing some of the reactions from the Brewers players and coaches, it’s easy to see that the Experience resonates with those who grew up in the area as well as those who may not know as much of the history of the city and team.

“It was definitely pretty cool. It was good to learn more about the history behind the team, Bud Selig, and Miller Park, even,” said pitcher Mike Fiers. “It was cool to see his office, the different pictures, the clips from some of the games, to see a lot of coaches now that you didn’t realize were part of Brewers history like that. Great experience. It really makes you appreciate everything we have here.”

“I knew most of the history, growing up just over the border, but it was still really cool to see. I texted Dale Sveum to tell him his home run on Easter Sunday (1987) made it into the Experience,” said Third Base Coach Ed Sedar.

Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel is a Wisconsin native, so the Experience was especially meaningful to him: “It was great. Very well done. I came to games at County Stadium when I was young.  I was there for Robin Yount’s 3000th hit. I was in 5th grade in 1982. I remember all of that. Those were my childhood heroes. I love how they integrated the past with the present. Coming out of it, I was pretty pumped up. I thought they did a great job,” said Hanel.

The attraction will debut to the public tomorrow (Friday, May 29) when the gates to Miller Park open (5:40 pm) prior to the Brewers game against the Diamondbacks.

Visit Brewers.com/SeligExperience for more information, including how to register in advance to see it.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Jonathan Lucroy Named Brewers Nominee for 2014 Hank Aaron Award; Vote thru 10/5

Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Jonathan Lucroy was named the Brewers nominee for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award.

Fans can vote exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites. For the fifth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.

Lucroy is coming off the best year in his career as he batted .301 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI. The five-year veteran set career-highs in games played (153), hits (176), runs (73), doubles (53) and walks (66). He appeared in his first All-Star Game, becoming just the second Brewer in franchise history to start behind the plate in the game. Lucroy went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles in the Midsummer Classic. The Brewers’ backstop collected 53 doubles to become the first primary catcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to lead the Major Leagues in doubles. Lucroy’s 53 doubles also tied Lyle Overbay (2004) for the franchise single-season record. In addition, the Florida native ranked among the National League leaders in multi-hit games (3rd, 53), extra-base hits (T3rd, 68), hits (T5th, 176), batting average (7th, .301) and on-base percentage (8th, .373).

The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount.  These Hall of Famers – who combined for 16,956 hits, 8,844 RBI and 2,109 home runs – have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.

Through October 5, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2014 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2014 World Series.

Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Miguel Cabrera  and Paul Goldschmidt (2013); Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012); Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011); Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).

The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.

Hank Meets Hank

One hammered baseballs, one chases them.

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Hank the Ballpark Pup had the chance to meet his namesake, the great Hank Aaron, who is in town for Brewers Community Foundation’s annual “An Evening with Hank Aaron,” event.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Bob Uecker Statue in the “Last Row” Dedicated This Afternoon

This afternoon, we unveiled the new Bob Uecker statue at Miller Park in a ceremony open to special guests. Unlike the statues that surround Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, this statue is in the last row—yes, the last row of the Terrace Level at Miller Park.

Among those in attendance at the ceremony, emceed by Bill Schroeder, were Bob’s family, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas, Ken Sanders, Rollie Fingers, Robin Yount, current Brewers coaches and players, former broadcasting partners and Brewers front office staff.

Rollie and Robin both spoke at the event and, thanks to Gino Salomone, movie critic from FOX 6, a few of Bob’s friends from Hollywood sent along their well wishes.

Watch messages from Ty Burrell, Morgan Freeman, Don Rickles, Jason Bateman, Kevin Costner, and Arnold Schwarzenegger: 

The statue pays tribute to the popular Miller Lite “All Stars” ad campaign which featured Uecker’s famous tagline, “I must be in the front row.”  In those commercials, Uecker somehow always ended up in the last row—as will this statue.  The statue sits atop the Uecker Seats in Miller Park’s Terrace Level (Section 422).  It features an open seat next to it allowing for a perfect photo opportunity.

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Starting with the Brewers vs. Cubs series at Miller Park this weekend, be sure to stop up, take your photo and tweet it and/or Instagram it using #IMustBeInTheFrontRow and we’ll collect & share our favorites across our social media sites.

We must be in the front row!

We must be in the front row!

Prior to tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park, a presentation will be made on the field honoring Uecker and showcasing the statue.

The statue was designed by Brian Maughan, the artist of the four statues outside Miller Park on the Home Plate Plaza—Hank Aaron, Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Robin Yount and Uecker.

– John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Bob Uecker Statue to be Dedicated Friday in the “Last Row”

Today we announced details for Friday’s unveiling of the new Bob Uecker statue at Miller Park.  Unlike the statues that surround Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, this statue will be in the last row—yes, the last row of the Terrace Level at Miller Park.

The statue will pay tribute to the popular Miller Lite “All Stars” ad campaign which featured Uecker’s famous tagline, “I must be in the front row.”  In those commercials, Uecker somehow always ended up in the last row—as will this statue.  The statue will sit atop the Uecker Seats in Miller Park’s Terrace Level (Section 422).  It will feature an open seat next to it allowing for a perfect photo opportunity.

Starting with the Brewers vs. Cubs series at Miller Park this weekend, be sure to stop up, take your photo and tweet it and/or Instagram it using #IMustBeInTheFrontRow and we’ll collect & share our favorites across our social media sites.

The statue will be unveiled for the first time in a ceremony open to special guests and media Friday afternoon (the unveiling ceremony is not open to the public).  Prior to that night’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park, a presentation will be made on the field honoring Uecker and showcasing the statue.

The statue was designed by Brian Maughan, the artist of the four statues outside Miller Park on the Home Plate Plaza—Hank Aaron, Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Robin Yount and Uecker.  The statue will be made of bronze, but will also have color effects.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron’s Historic Home Run

On April 8, 1974, 40 years ago today,  as a member of the Atlanta Braves, Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, considered by many to be the greatest baseball player ever, hit his historic 715th home run off of Dodgers veteran Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, a home run that broke Babe Ruth’s all-time record.

Here’s a great look back from Lyle Spencer. 

Aaron retired as all-time Home Run King with 755 career round-trippers, the last of which he hit on  July 20, 1976, while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. For over 30 years, that home run has represented one of the most historic moments in Milwaukee Brewers history and all of Major League Baseball and there is a plaque situated in Brewers Lot 1, a preferred parking area located east of Helfaer Field, marking the landing spot of that final moon shot.

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– Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

“Fetcher” Reports to Spring Training; Tries to Walk On As Member of 2014 Brewers

Bernie, watch your back.

Move over, Brat, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo—there’s a new Top Dog in town.

We’re not sure where he came from, but a little stray pup is quickly becoming not just the Brewers unofficial Spring Training mascot, but a valued member of the team.

The pooch, who has since been named Hank (after who else but Hank Aaron?), wandered into Brewers camp two days ago looking a little grubby but ready for play. In no time, this little dog has stolen more hearts than Tommy Harper stole bases in 1969.

A staff member took Hank to the vet where he received his shots and a bath, but this little scrapper’s jersey will never be spotless. His white uniform looks to be permanently shaded a little on the gray side in places, but when you get to know this little fella’s personality, you see it’s a perfect fit.

Hank spends each day roaming offices and playing fields, visiting with everyone from Doug Melvin, Ron Roenicke, players and coaches to ticket office and concessions staff. Hank is going home with members of the organization each night to a warm bed, and he recently completed a day at the Team Store where he picked out his favorite styles from the latest Brewers pet gear.

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So, what’s the next chapter? Stay tuned. Hank is in good hands and we’ll keep you posted on our most devoted “tail”-gater in the coming days.

For more updates from Brewers Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona, be sure to follow the #CactusCrew hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

2/20/14 “#BallparkPup”date:

After our posts yesterday, Hank has become a dog in demand! He spent the morning in the Clubhouse and did three TV interviews. He also took to the field for practice with his mentor, Yovani Gallardo.

Also, many of you are asking what is going to happen to Hank after Spring Training. Rest assured, Hank’s days as a stray are over, one way or another and he’ll continue to be well taken care of.

Here are some more photos from earlier today (How fitting is it that it’s “National Love Your Pet Day“?):

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Cheers!

Former Media/Staff Lot to Be Renamed in Honor of Johnny Logan

To day we announced that we will rename the media/staff parking lot at Miller Park in honor of former Milwaukee Braves All-Star shortstop Johnny Logan.  Logan was inducted into the Brewers Walk of Fame last season.

The “Logan Lot” joins 12 other parking lots around Miller Park that were renamed prior to the 2010 season in honor of some of the city’s baseball legends.  The lots are adorned with the names of former Milwaukee Brewers and Braves players, with banners and other artwork notating the baseball greats. Uniformed members of the Brewers and Braves Walk of Fame are represented, with the first 12 parking lots named after Henry Aaron, Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Jim Gantner, Harvey Kuenn, Eddie Mathews, Paul Molitor, Don Money, Warren Spahn, Gorman Thomas, Bob Uecker and Robin Yount.

Logan played in Milwaukee from 1953 – 1961 and appeared in four All-Star Games as a member of the Braves.  For his 13-year career, Logan hit .268 with 93 home runs and 547 RBI.  He was a member of the Braves World Series Championship team in 1957 and the National League Championship team in 1958.  Logan was signed by the Boston Braves in 1947 and made his Major League debut with Boston in 1951.  After playing in Milwaukee, he played three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Logan, a former area scout with the Brewers, passed away on August 9, 2013.

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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