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Today we announced that former Milwaukee Braves first baseman, the late Joe Adcock, will be honored as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame in 2016.
A total of 34 votes were cast through media and panel voting, with Adcock receiving 23 votes (67.6%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election. Adcock fell just one vote shy of election last year.
Adock 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.
“Joe always said that there was nowhere better to be a Major League ballplayer than the city of Milwaukee, and he had great ties to the area and even better memories of his time there,” said Joan Adcock, a Wisconsin native who met and married Joe while he was playing for the Braves. “This is a tremendous honor, and I know Joe would be humbled and thrilled to be remembered in this way.”
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).
“Joe Adcock was a key contributor to the great success enjoyed by the Braves during their storied tenure in Milwaukee, and we are very pleased to secure his legacy with a place on the Miller Park Walk of Fame,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Joe’s contributions to the Braves were numerous, and he was responsible for some of the most memorable moments in Milwaukee baseball history. We look forward to remembering Joe with a ceremony this summer and a permanent marker at Miller Park.”
The induction of Adcock, who passed away in 1999, will take place prior to a game at Miller Park this summer, with the specific date to be determined later. Family members including his widow, Joan, are expected to participate.
There were a total of 23 Brewers players and seven Braves players on the ballot. The ballot included on-field personnel who wore a Brewers or Braves uniform for a minimum of three seasons but have been retired from playing/managing roles for at least three seasons. All players and managers receiving votes on at least 5% of the ballots will remain eligible in 2017.
Past inductees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, 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 Major League Baseball groundskeepers are set to host their annual meeting in Los Angeles this weekend. Prior to the meetings, the late Gary Vanden Berg was selected as the latest inductee into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame. He will join previous inductees Emil Bossard (Indians), George Toma (Royals), Joe Mooney (Red Sox), Dick Ericson (Twins), Harry Gill (Brewers), Pete Flynn (Mets) and Pat Santarone (Orioles). Vanden Berg will be inducted this Sunday, January 24, at the DoubleTree in downtown Los Angeles.
Vanden Berg was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization for more than 30 years. Following a year-long battle with cancer, he passed away on October 10, 2011. Gary was well respected for the work he did, but more importantly for the person that he was. It was unanimous that, among his peers, the trophy for the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame was named in his honor upon its inception in 2011.
“Gary set a standard that we all admire to this day, not just in his profession but in his personal relationships, and we are thrilled to hear that he is receiving such a high honor from his peers,” said Bob Quinn, Brewers Executive Vice President – Finance and Administration. “His care for the grounds at County Stadium and Miller Park in often challenging conditions was always at the top of the class. He was also a great friend to everyone in the organization, and a mentor to many who have now become established in the industry.”
Vanden Berg began his career in sports turf management when he joined the Milwaukee Brewers Grounds Department in 1981 as an assistant to the legendary Harry Gill, who is recognized as one of the founders and driving force behind the formation of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). Vanden Berg served as Gill’s assistant until his passing in the fall of 1990, setting in motion his 21 years as the head groundskeeper for the Brewers. Prior to his work in Milwaukee, Vanden Berg got his start in the turf grass industry by working on golf courses where he grew up in Oakfield, Wisconsin.
In his time as an assistant and head groundskeeper at County Stadium, Vanden Berg not only had to produce a quality field for the game of baseball, but also for football. The Green Bay Packers played select home games at County Stadium through 1994. In addition to Brewers and Packers games, the field endured other events including concerts, measurable snowfall during the season, and tractor pulls, to name a few.
When the Brewers moved from County Stadium to Miller Park, Vanden Berg made the move with the team, tackling the challenge of managing grass in a retractable roof stadium and its imposing shade patterns. Vanden Berg prepared the Miller Park field for numerous events, most notably the 2002 All-Star Game and the Brewers’ playoff appearances in 2008.
Vanden Berg will forever be remembered for the internship program that he established in Milwaukee for college students aspiring to become sports turf managers. Students from all over the nation sent their resumes in, hoping to get a spot on the Brewers Grounds Staff every year due to the great experience they were able to receive under Vanden Berg. The national STMA recognized the importance of his internship program, and established the Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant for students seeking internships that may not have otherwise been able to afford it.
To be considered for induction to the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, a person must have ceased employment in the profession for at least five years, and have made a significant contribution to groundskeeping and/or the sports turf industry at the Major League level. An individual’s impact on the community is also considered. Nominees are submitted to the MLB Groundskeepers Association for a vote. Each team has one vote; a nominee must receive must receive 75% of the vote of all active association members.
Current Brewers Director of Grounds Michael Boettcher, along with David Mellor, Head Groundskeeper of the Boston Red Sox, recently took part in a Diamond Davincis podcast, a podcast dedicated to the artistry and science of sports field management, where they spoke about Vanden Berg’s induction into the Hall of Fame. You can take a listen, here.
The fifth annual “Brewers Mini-Marathon, Presented by Sendik’s” is set for Saturday, September 10, and registration is now available online at brewersmini.com. The race has offered a half marathon and 10K since 2013 and will now include a 5K course as well.
All three races begin and end at beautiful Miller Park and offer courses that take runners through the Miller Valley, past the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) and along the Miller Park warning track. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.
All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April and May of 2017, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt. A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place for runners and spectators to enjoy.
Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring drinks and misting stations. Refreshing snacks and drinks will be provided by Sendik’s Food Market at the finish line. Spectators will have plenty of free parking available at Miller Park and will be invited inside to watch participants run along the field warning track while being shown on the scoreboard.
Through the race’s first four years, participants have helped to raise over $205,000 to benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin. Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by Brewers Community Foundation and participants can create their own fundraising page at brewersmini.com and submit online donations. Individual fundraisers will get the chance to have their name entered in a raffle for great prizes. The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize. Previous fundraising prizes have included signed Brewers memorabilia and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Miller Park.
Runners who register before April 29 will receive discounts. Early registration pricing is $65 for the Mini-Marathon, $45 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K. Regular registration prices for the Mini-Marathon and 10K are $75 and $55 respectively for those who register April 30 – July 29. Late registration, available from July 30 – September 6, is available at $85 for the Mini-Marathon, $65 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K. Race packets can be the picked up during Packet Pick-Up at Miller Park on Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, 2016. Last minute registrations will be accepted for the mini-marathon, 10K and 5K for, respectively, $100/$80/$35 at Packet Pick-Up if space is available.
Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at brewersmini.com.
The Force has awakened and all Jedi are being asked to respond and report to Miller Park on Saturday, June 11, 2016 for Star WarsTM Day presented by Kohls. The Milwaukee Brewers have joined The Resistance to fight the newly-minted members of The First Order, the New York Mets, in what is sure to be an epic battle for the galaxy. This all comes in a not-too-distant future, in a ballpark very, very close to you.
A number of members from the Star Wars universe will be on hand to make special appearances throughout the game. Jedi willing to participate in the cause will receive a limited-edition Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper bobblehead. Ticket packages are available in the Field Outfield Box for $49, Loge Outfield Box for $39 and Terrace Reserved for $25.
To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a limited number of ticket packages will be available for purchase starting Friday, December 18 at 9 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23,or while supplies last. Ticket packages are available online only at Brewers.com/special events.
This presale is a unique opportunity to guarantee your limited-edition bobblehead. Last year’s Jonathan Lucroy “Jedi Luc” Bobblehead sold out in record fashion.
Tickets are limited and only those who purchase the special theme game ticket package are eligible to receive that game’s promotional item. To purchase groups of 25 or more, please contact the Brewers at 414-902-GRPS (4777).
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This Sunday, for one day only, fans can take 30% off all regularly priced merchandise in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. From noon to 5 p.m., fans will have an incredible opportunity to purchase that perfect gift for their favorite Brewers fan at a special discounted rate.
There are great offers beyond the store-wide discount. Any fan who makes a purchase of $99 or more will receive a free Hank “The Ballpark Pup” plush and additionally, any fan who purchases at least $50 worth of woman’s accessories will take home a complimentary Brewers Sling Bag.
Here’s a slideshow of just some of the great new Brewers gear you can pick up this weekend (click on an image to start the show):
The event does not include sale, game used, Hank “The Ballpark Pup” or Brewers Wives Charity merchandise.
All shoppers can access the Brewers Team Store by Majestic by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance. For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.
During the offseason, the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is normally open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The sale this week marks the only Sunday of the off-season that the Store is open.
The holidays are rapidly approaching, but if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, don’t panic: I’ve put together a Brewers Gift Guide for you, so this year, you can give the gift of the season…The baseball season, that is!
Even though it is the offseason, there really are a variety of options out there, so let me help you find that perfect present for every fan on your list.
For Every Fan
There is a reason they’re called Holiday 4-Packs–because they’re the perfect holiday gift for any and every Brewers fan on your list.
Starting at just $60 & featuring some of the season’s biggest games, when you get them a Holiday 4-Pack, you’re not just giving them tickets to a game, you’re giving the gift of Brewers Baseball, family time, memories and summer. Plus, for each pair you purchase, you’ll get a free Barrelman ornament.
Want to give a 4-Pack as a gift, but don’t know your recipient’s schedule? We’ve got you covered. With the Fan’s Choice 4-Pack, your recipient can choose their games at a later date. These are only available for a limited time, so be sure to check out brewers.com/4packs today.
Everyone always loves gift certificates! Brewers gift certificates are good towards the purchase of tickets to ANY 2016 Milwaukee Brewers regular season baseball game at Miller Park as well as Spring Training home game tickets in Arizona.
Brewers On Deck Tickets
They don’t have to wait until April 4 to see the Crew in Milwaukee. Get them some tickets to spend some quality time with your favorite Brewers at Brewers On Deck, Sunday, January 31 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. A host of Brewers players as well as coaches, alumni, front office executives and broadcasters will be attendance for the Brewers annual Fan Fest. And with autographs, photo opportunities, coaches’ clinics, interactive games and more, Brewers On Deck features something for the entire family.
You also can’t go wrong with the gift of Brewers gear. Shop at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park or online at brewers.com for some of the latest & greatest new merchandise–we’ve got everything from jerseys and caps to footwear and accessories! In addition, to help with your shopping needs, this Sunday, the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park is hosting a one-day only sale!
Admirals Hockey Now; Brewers Baseball Later
The Brewers and Admirals have teamed up once again to bring you the 2-Man Advantage ticket package. For $22, get one Stern & Bow ticket to an Admirals home game AND one Terrace Reserved ticket to a Brewers game at Miller Park during the 2016 season. Giving this package as a gift is really like giving three gifts in one: An Admirals ticket, a Brewers ticket, and, if you’re one of the first 2500 fans at the Admirals games on Saturday, January 9 or Friday, February 12, you’ll get a Brewers/Admirals Ice Scraper or a Brewers/Admirals Travel Coffee Mug respectively! Visit brewers.com/admirals to learn more.
For the Kids
A Brewers Kids Club Membership (14 & Under)
For just $25, the Kids Club kit includes six Terrace Reserved ticket vouchers to select games, an official Kids Club cap, drawstring bag, water bottle, membership I.D. card with lanyard, Racing Sausages poster, and many other exclusive Kids Club opportunities–including participation in a parade around the warning track on August 28! Click here to purchase/learn more.
For The Star Wars Fan
Tickets to Star Wars Day with Special Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper Bobble
The Force has awakened and all Jedi are being asked to respond and report to Miller Park on Saturday, June 11, 2016 for Star WarsTM Day presented by Kohls. The Milwaukee Brewers have joined The Resistance to fight the newly-minted members of The First Order, the New York Mets, in what is sure to be an epic battle for the galaxy. A number of members from the Star Wars universe will be on hand to make special appearances throughout the game.
Jedi willing to participate in the cause will receive a limited-edition Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper bobblehead. To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a limited number of ticket packages will be available for purchase starting Friday, December 18 at 9 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23,or while supplies last. Ticket packages are available online only at Brewers.com/special events.
For The Country Music Fan
Kenny Chesney Tickets
On Saturday, June 18, 2016, Kenny Chesney will return to Milwaukee as part of his Spread the Love Tour! Joining him at Miller Park are: the biggest female country artist on the planet in Miranda Lambert; four-time Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and emerging star Old Dominion, who broke onto the scene in 2015 with their smash hit “Break Up With Him.” Tickets are on sale now at brewers.com/chesney.
Experience Brewers Baseball in a whole new way by joining the Club as a Brewers Ticket Plan Holder! You’ll enjoy the best seats at the lowest prices as well as a number of exclusive benefits and one-of-a-kind experiences not available to the general public. New for the 2016 season, Brewers Season Seat Holders (20-Game Plans and above) now enjoy even more exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Through the new SSH Rewards program, fans have the opportunity to customize their membership. From a movie night on the field and a special photo day to VIP meet and greets and autographed items, fans can now select the benefits and experiences that are most important to them.
Choose from four preset 20-game plans, or go with the Fan’s Choice Plan, which allows you to pick your own games. Check out the 2016 Brewers Season Ticket plans here.
Big Screen Video
Did one of your friends, family members or colleagues make it up on the Brewers scoreboard during a game this season? Surprise him or her by ordering a copy of that video–turn that memory into a lasting memento!
Looking for an extra-special gift? How about planning a trip to Spring Training in sunny Phoenix, Arizona? Spring Training tickets are on sale now.
Fantasy Camp (30 years +)
Send them to Brewers Fantasy Camp this January! This package includes airfare to and from Milwaukee and Phoenix, hotel, instruction and coaching from Brewers legends and much, much more.
And there you have it, a whole host of ideas to make Brewers Baseball your one-stop for holiday shopping. I hope this was helpful to you!
For more ideas and links, you can also visit brewers.com/giftguide.
Have you ever wanted to check out one of our All-Inclusive Areas at Miller Park, but maybe you missed out on the dates we offered individual tickets, or you weren’t part of a group outing that held their event in the space?
Well, here’s your chance.
The Group Sales department is offering an “All-Inclusive Area Tour” package, which includes tickets to five games. You’ll get to take in each of those games from a different area in the park. You’ll get to experience the Associated Bank Check Deck, ATI Club, Dew Deck, Gehl Club and Miller Lite Deck.
Each ticket also includes a complimentary buffet that begins one hour before first pitch and concludes at the end of the 6th inning as well as two complimentary beers per adult.
This fantastic deal is just $299 and makes a great holiday gift. But you’ll have to hurry. The offer ends on December 15! Click here for more details and to purchase your package.
Here’s something that will make a Director of New Media very proud: Finding out that Miller Park is the top Instagrammed landmark in Wisconsin!
This news comes from a recent TIME article, which lists the Top 50 Most Instagrammed Places is America.
For the article, TIME had exclusive access to the data from Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app that boasts a user base of over 400 million. From that data, TIME was able to map out the most frequently geo-tagged spots in each of the 50 states.
As Brewers fans, we all know how gorgeous Miller Park is and how lucky we are to have it as the home of the Brewers, so I guess this news isn’t too surprising. Still, I’m also ecstatic that so many of us have taken to Instagram as a form of expression.
Thank you for making us tops; keep snapping those pics!
Tickets for Kenny Chesney’s “Spread the Love” Tour On Sale Friday; Great Seats Available Starting at $49
On Saturday, June 18, Kenny Chesney returns to Milwaukee as part of his 2016 Spread the Love Tour. After breaking nine attendance records and selling over 1.3 million tickets on last year’s Big Revival Tour, the King of Summer is back at it again with 13 more stadiums and an even bigger lineup. He joins forces with the biggest female country artist on the planet in Miranda Lambert, “Vocal Group of the Year” Little Big Town, and 2015 breakout artist Old Dominion. Tickets for this incredible evening of entertainment will go on sale this Friday, December 4 at 9 a.m.
Sand Bar (GA Standing) $239
On-Field Seating $159
Field/Loge Outfield Seating $129
Field/Loge Infield & Club Seating $99
Terrace Box/Bleacher Seating $69
Terrace Reserved Seating $49
Fans can purchase tickets by visiting Brewers.com/Chesney, by calling 414-902-4000 or by visiting the Brewers Box Office at Miller Park. Additional per ticket fees and service charges apply. There is a limit of eight tickets per customer.
In addition, advance parking will be available for $25. Attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase parking in advance of the show as parking will not be guaranteed for purchase the day of the event. Fans can purchase parking on the day of the event for $30 until sold out.
The Knoxville, Tennessee-born Chesney has recorded numerous studio albums, including 11 that have been certified platinum. He has produced countless chart-topping singles such as “Anything But Mine,” “How Forever Feels,” “Live A Little,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” “Somewhere With You” and “Never Wanted Nothing More.” Chesney was honored by the industry when he received the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award four times (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008). Last year, Chesney released his 16th studio album, The Big Revival. The album, which debuted at #1 on Billboard Country Airplay chart, includes smash hits “American Kids,” “Till It’s Gone” and “Wild Child.”
Lambert is the six-time reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. The country music star and singer/songwriter earned Best Female Country Vocal Performance honors for her single “The House That Built Me” at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards and won Best Country Album for Platinum at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards this year.
Just last month, Little Big Town was named “Vocal Group of the Year” for the fourth time at the CMA Awards. The group also won Song of the Year for their hit “Girl Crush,” which was awarded to the song’s writers, Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose. Members of the group have been nominated for the award in this category every year since 2006. The same song was also named 2015 Single of the Year.
Old Dominion is a five-member band which consists of Matthew Ramsey (lead singer), Trevor Rosen (acoustic guitar, keyboards), Whit Sellers (drums), Geoff Sprung (bass guitar) and Brad Tursi (lead guitar). Their debut single, “Break Up With Him,” reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Miller Park has played host to multiple concerts, including George Strait’s Country Music Festival (2001), N’Sync (2001), Bruce Springsteen (2003), Randy Travis (2004), Bon Jovi (2005), Kid Rock/Sugarland (2008), Farm Aid’s 25th Anniversary Concert (2010), Paul McCartney (2013), Kenny Chesney (2013) and One Direction (2015). It has also hosted numerous other non-baseball events, including international soccer matches in 2014 and 2015.
Last week, we gave you the details of the Brewers Annual Clubhouse Sale, which will take place beginning this Friday, December 4 and running through Sunday, December 6 inside the visiting clubhouse at Miller Park. The sale will be open on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The sale features savings up to 80% on sale merchandise items and gives fans a behind the scenes look at Miller Park as it is held in the visiting clubhouse.
As usual, I’ll get a sneak peek at some of the items on sale and will give you a full preview of the sale here on the blog, so look for that to come later this week once they’re all set up….
And, like in the past, I have a special opportunity for you to gain early entry into the sale! That’s right, the first 100 readers to e-mail me at CaitCoversTheBases@Brewers.com (be sure to include your first and last name!) will have the chance to come to Miller Park on Thursday, December 3 from 5-8 p.m. If you are selected, you’ll receive an email containing instructions by 7pm CT on Monday, November 30.
11:55am CT Update: Wow! You guys are fast! I’ve already received 100 emails from folks seeking early entry. If you were one of them, you’ll get an email containing further instructions by 7pm tomorrow (Monday, 11/30). If you weren’t quick enough, don’t worry, there will be enough time to shop at the Brewers Clubhouse Sale all weekend long. Hope to see you there!
I know a lot of the items at this sale are limited and the line is pretty long on Friday morning, so this is just one way to thank you for reading the blog and showing how much I appreciate your support by extending this offer to you.
Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.