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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

 

 

Brewers Announce 2012 Schedule

If you have been reading Brewers manager Ron Roenicke’s comments lately, he isn’t looking ahead; he’s just focusing on one game at a time.  I normally like to stick to the skipper’s ideology there, but sometimes you have to work ahead.  Although there is still plenty of work to do in 2011 for the Brewers, Major League Baseball today announced the 2012 schedule.

The Club’s 43rd season in Major League Baseball will open at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m.  The 3:10 p.m. start time is due to April 6th being Good Friday.  It’s always exciting to host a “true” Opening Day at Miller Park.  This will mark the fourth Opening Day at Miller Park (2-1) and the 14th overall time the Brewers have opened the season at home (8-5).  The Brewers have played the Cardinals three times on Opening Day and are 2-1 in those games.

Opening Day marks the first of a three-game set versus the Brewers NL Central rival and is followed by a trip to Chicago to play the Cubs for four games (April 9 – 12) and to Atlanta for three more with the Braves (April 13 – 15).

One of the first questions every year with the schedule (after, “When is Opening Day?”) is always “Who do the Brewers play in Interleague play?” As always, the Brewers will have a home and home series with the Minnesota Twins, their “natural” rival at Miller Park May 18 – 20 and at Minneapolis June 15 – 17.  The rest of the Interleague schedule calls for a run of three-game series at Kansas City against the Royals (June 12 – 14); at home against the Toronto Blue Jays (June 18 – 20) and in Chicago to play the White Sox June (22 – 24).

The Brewers will have two, nine-game homestands in 2012.  During the first, the Brewers will face the Los Angeles Dodgers (April 17 – 19), Colorado Rockies (April 20 – 22) and Houston Astros (April 23 – 25).  The second nine-game homestand will see the Brewers face the Pittsburgh Pirates (June 1 – 3), Chicago Cubs (June 5 – 7) and San Diego Padres (June 8 – 10).

The team will have one 10-game road trip during the 2012 campaign that will take place in Pittsburgh (September 18 – 20), Washington (September 21 – 24) and Cincinnati (September 25 – 27).  The Brewers will also have a nine-game road trip that will take them to St. Louis (April 27 – 29), San Diego (April 30 – May 2) and San Francisco (May 4 – 6).

The Brewers will play at home on several holidays including Easter Sunday (April 8, vs. St. Louis); Mother’s Day (May 13 vs. Chicago) and on the Fourth of July against the Miami Marlins (the “Florida” Marlins will become the “Miami” Marlins beginning next season as they open their new ballpark).

The Brewers will close out the 2012 regular season at Miller Park, October 1 – 3 against the San Diego Padres. This marks the first regular season games in October in Milwaukee since the 2001 season when the season went into October because of the break MLB took during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Another schedule note, the MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 10 in Kansas City.

Home start times for the 2012 season will again be 7:10 p.m. for night games Monday – Friday, 6:10 p.m. for most Saturday games (several are listed as TBD), 12:10 for weekday afternoon games in April and May (except Opening Day), and 1:10 p.m. for Sunday games and weekday afternoon games from June through September (except July 3 and 4, which are both 3:10 p.m., and Sept. 12 which is TBD).  Road start times will be announced later in the winter.  All game dates and times are subject to change.   A complete 2012 Milwaukee Brewers schedule can be downloaded here: 2012 Brewers Schedule.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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