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Brewers Mourn the Passing of Johnny Logan

Johnny Logan, 1957

Johnny Logan, 1957

It is with a heavy heart that I pass along this statement from the Milwaukee Brewers on the passing of “our buddy,” Johnny Logan.

“Johnny Logan was a longtime friend to Milwaukee baseball.  His connection to both the Brewers and the Braves and the Milwaukee community was very strong. Virtually every person associated with the Milwaukee Brewers has been touched by Johnny through his many visits to the ballpark and terrific stories about his time in the game.  We will miss Johnny deeply and will never forget his colorful character and personality.”

The Brewers inducted Logan into the Miller Park walk of Fame in June.  For those who saw the ceremony or the press conference, you saw Logan at his best.

I loved seeing Johnny around the ballpark.  He was such a character and had a great personality.  His stories, his wit, and his wisdom made him a Milwaukee treasure.  Anyone who was fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Logan will understand.  We will miss you Johnny! Rest in Peace.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Johnny Logan

Former Milwaukee Braves Shortstop Johnny Logan Inducted Into Miller Park Walk of Fame

For those of you who are fortunate enough to know Johnny Logan, you know he is really a special man.  He always has a story, a teaching tip or an anecdote about something and everything.  Today is a very special day at Miller Park as the Brewers formally inducted Logan into the Miller Park Walk of Fame.

In January, the team announced Logan received over 72% of the vote (32 votes) in Walk of Fame balloting, which includes members of the media throughout Wisconsin as well as Brewers executives.  Logan’s election marks the first time since Lew Burdette (2010) that a player has been inducted.

From left to right: Jim Logan, Johnny Logan and Felix Mantilla.

From left to right: Jim Logan, Johnny Logan and Felix Mantilla.

Today, Logan visited Miller Park, as he often does.  But this time, he did so with family and friends who were with him to share in his honor.  Logan also visited the Brewers Media Interview Room where he talked to the press for a very memorable media session with his son, Jim, and former Braves teammate, Felix Mantilla.

“This is the biggest honor I received,” Logan said to open the session.  “I can’t tell you how happy I am to be here with my family and friends.

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.

"I treat this man like my brother," Mantilla said of Logan.

“I treat this man like my brother,” Mantilla said of Logan.

“The Milwaukee Brewers are honoring one of the top shortstops in the 1950s,” Mantilla said.  “Logan came to Milwaukee in 1948, he liked this city so much that he is still here.  I’m very proud to be here with my friend that I treat like a brother.”

Known for his quick wit and ability to tell a great story, Logan held court for just about 30 minutes in the Media Interview room.

He talked about when he was in fifth game and heard the New York Yankees were playing their farm team in Binghamton, N.Y. in an exhibition game.  There were two obstacles he had that day before attending that game.  The first was the game took place on a school day and the second was that his hometown of Endicott was seven miles away.  That didn’t stop Logan, he “ran” the seven miles to see Joe DiMaggio and his beloved Yankees.  But Logan soon discovered there was another problem he faced when he arrived at the stadium–he didn’t have a ticket.

“You mean you have to pay?!” Logan recalled asking the usher.

Logan found a “knothole” in the outfield wall and saw his childhood heroes that day.  Somehow, he still made it home for dinner.  When his mom asked how school was that day, Logan recalled his reply, “IT WAS GREAT!”  He said to the group today, “Hey, baseball came first!”

Johnny Logan, 1957

Johnny Logan, 1957

Logan later remembered Mantilla trying to take his shortstop position.

“I was scared of Felix,” Logan said.  “He was good, a great athlete.  He had such ability.  I played so hard in competing with him because who wants to sit on the bench!?”

“It was a pleasure playing with Johnny,” Mantilla said.  “He had his own way of doing things, but that is why we all loved him.”

In terms of a favorite memory of his baseball career, he was quick to answer winning the 1957 World Series.

“Naturally,” Logan said.  “What a thrill to beat the Yankees.”

He also recalled how close those Milwaukee Braves teams were to winning other World Series titles.

“In 1958 we had the Yankees 3-games-to-1 and ended up losing the next three.  In 1956 we lost the pennant by one game.  That was the year Don Larsen pitched his perfect game in the World Series.  If we were there, that would have never happened!”

In a pregame ceremony, hosted by Bob Uecker, Logan told “a few stories” and shared many laughs.

“I want to tell you that Milwaukee is my home,” Logan said.  “I want to thank the Brewers for this honor and I want to thank all the sportswriters for voting me in.”

Bob Uecker hosted a memorable on field ceremony.

Bob Uecker hosted a memorable on field ceremony.

Both Brewers and Phillies players lined the railings of each dugout as Logan continued with stories of an Opening Day, the 1955 All-Star Game and the 1957 World Series.  Logan could have gone all night long, but there was a game to play and there was (and is) only one man who could have made sure tonight’s game started on time.

“Johnny, we are getting close to game time, can you just stay here on the field during the game and keep talking?” Uecker joked, to which, of course, Logan replied with, “Yes!”

Uecker closed the ceremony with the following quip: “In honor of Johnny Logan, the Brewers have further informed me that tonight’s game has been cancelled.”

Other past Walk of Fame honorees 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); and Lew Burdette in 2010.

A photo of the Johnny Logan plaque on the Miller Park Walk of Fame.

A photo of the Johnny Logan plaque on the Miller Park Walk of Fame.

Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.

If you are one who appreciates baseball history, this is definitely a day you won’t forget as a special man received a special honor.  You could really see in the faces of the family and friends who attended the ceremony that they too will never forget this day.  Logan did a great job and his friend Mantilla reminded him of that at the end of the press conference.

“Johnny you did a great job today,” Mantilla said.

Logan didn’t skip a beat with his reply.

“What the hell did I say? All I did was sit up here and talk about baseball!  It was great.”

-John and Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

Brewers Sign Jerry DeQuardo to Contract

In January, the Brewers began their “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion and awarded prizes for 40 consecutive days to various Season Seat Holders who renewed their ticket packages. For the third consecutive year, the team offered a variety of unique prizes and experiences during a 40-day period, including the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize. For this experience, the winner signs a one-day Major League contract which comes with a full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary ($2,677.60).

Jerry DeQuardo, a Brewers Season Seat Holder since 1978, won the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize and was introduced to the media today.

“This has been a wonderful experience,” DeQuardo said.  “I think this might be one of the best days of my life.  I keep wanting to pinch myself it has been so great.”

DeQuardo and Melvin at today's press conference.

DeQuardo and Melvin at today’s press conference.

He grew up in Milwaukee and currently resides in Brookfield. Jerry played second base for the Messmer High School baseball team and served as a bat boy and clubhouse staffer for the Milwaukee Braves from 1958 – 1960.  His all-time favorite players are Eddie Matthews and Stan Musial. Currently, he owns his own insurance firm, DeQuardo Insurance in Brookfield.

“I’ve been to hundreds and hundreds of games, I’ve even caught a few foul balls,” DeQuardo said.

In addition to the salary and uniform, DeQuardo will be able to park in the VIP lot before tonight’s game vs. the Oakland Athletics, receive fifty baseball cards with his likeness, a DVD of the highlight video shown at the press conference, a framed last page of his contract and throw out the first pitch before the game.

“I measured 60 feet, 6 inches out in my driveway.  I have practiced, I hope I don’t throw my arm out!” he said.

DeQuardo also was interviewed for MLB Network’s popular afternoon show “Intentional Talk” hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar.  During the interview, Brewers relievers Brandon Kintzler and Donovan Hand walked over and congratulated DeQuardo on joining the team.

DeQuardo being interviewed for MLB Network's "Intentional Talk."

DeQuardo being interviewed for MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk.”

“This definitely makes being a Brewers season seatholder worthwhile,” DeQuardo said.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Induct Gene Conley Into Braves Honor Roll at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association inducted Gene Conley into the Braves Honor Roll today at Miller Park.

Conley pitched for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 – 1958 and his Major League career lasted from 1952 – 1963.  He was a member of the 1957 Braves World Series Championship team and a three-time MLB All-Star.  In five of his 11 MLB seasons, Conley recorded ten or more wins and finished his career with a 91-96 record and 3.82 ERA.  With the Milwaukee Braves, Conley was 42-43 with a 3.56 ERA.

Although Conley couldn’t travel to Milwaukee to today’s event, there were a number of former Braves in attendance today.  Felix Mantilla, Ray Crone and Frank Thomas were all in attendance in addition to members of the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association: Bud Lea and Bob Buege.

“Gene has been my friend for many, many years and he is a great man,” Mantilla said.  “He was a very gifted athlete as we all know but he was a great teammate.  He is deserving of this honor.”

Felix Mantilla speaks at today's event.

Felix Mantilla speaks at today’s event.

There are now 12 members of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll, which also includes Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Del Crandall (2012) and Hank Aaron (2012).

Conley has the distinction of being the only player to win championships in two of the four major American sports.  Conley also played with the Boston Celtics (1952-53, 1958-61) and New York Knicks (1962-64) of the NBA and was a member of three NBA World Championship teams (1959, 1960 and 1961) with the Celtics.  Conley’s wife, Kathryn, wrote a book on her husband’s life called “One of a Kind.”  The book chronicles his unique career, a career that might never be matched.

Here is the video that Conley sent for the presentation.  It features a great interview as well as some unique action footage of Conley pitching for the Braves:

It is great to have an organization that appreciates the history of Milwaukee baseball like the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association.  There were a lot of great stories tossed around at today’s event and I’m thankful to have been a part of it.  The partnership that the Brewers have with the historical group is great and ensures that the memories of that beloved team will never die.  I urge fans to check out the Braves Wall of Honor the next time you are at Miller Park.  It is located on the Field Level between Home Plate and Third Base on the Concourse.

Gene Conley's plaque on the Braves Honor Roll at Miller Park.

Gene Conley’s plaque on the Braves Honor Roll at Miller Park.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Happy 99th Birthday to Earl Henry!

Working in marketing,  I often get asked what our target demographic is…. but that’s not really an easy question because people of all ages truly love baseball and the reasons why fans come out to Miller Park (beyond the team on the field, of course) are endless (think: field trips, birthday celebrations, family reunions, company outings, client meetings, etc.).

Take today for example, I went from watching our annual Weather Day event where we hosted thousands of children for a pregame meteorology lesson from the TMJ4 Storm Team 4 meteorologists to sitting down with Earl Henry, a delightful gentleman who was here to celebrate his 99th birthday.

Earl’s granddaughter, Jill Finlayson, had contacted me earlier this month and told me about all of the things she was doing to make Earl’s 99th birthday a special one.  Since he’s a Milwaukee native and a lifelong Brewers fan, bringing Earl out to Miller Park was right at the top of her list. Jill also made sure Earl arrived in style, in a GoRiteway limo.

Earl and his granddaughter, Jill, attended the Brewers vs. Giants game on Thursday, April 18, 2013 to celebrate Earl's 99th birthday.

Earl and his granddaughter, Jill, attended the Brewers vs. Giants game on Thursday, April 18, 2013 to celebrate Earl’s 99th birthday.

Earl’s actual birthday was last Thursday, April 11 (which just happens to be the same birthdate as my dad), but today was the best day for them to come out and take in a game on this homestand.

Little did they know just how fitting it actually was.

You see, Earl’s career was dedicated to education and what better day for him to choose to come out (unbeknownst to him) than Weather Day, one of our biggest educational events.

Earl earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Milwaukee State Teachers College (MSTC). In 1937, he taught at Milwaukee’s Garden Homes School and later, the Boys’ Technical High School (another odd coincidence–so did my own grandfather. I wasn’t able to find out if they had crossed paths, but there was a good chance they may have.) before becoming vice-principal at Thirty-seventh Street School in 1947.

In 1954, Earl received his first principalship at Eugene Field School; in 1959, he became principal of Franklin School on the north side; and in 1967, he became the first principal of Stuart School, where he continued for 12 years until his retirement in 1979.

Earl’s wife Kay was also a dedicated kindergarten teacher in Milwaukee for her career and together, they created the Earl & Kathryn Henry Scholarship Fund at UW-Milwaukee. Now in it’s 10th year, the scholarship aims to benefit undergraduate students enrolled in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Education who plan to become elementary school teachers or school administrators, preferably in the Milwaukee Public School System.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Earl, who talked about his career and former students. He also reminisced about not only his days following the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers at County Stadium, but going back to the Borchert Field days of the minor league American Association Brewers, when he was a good friend of announcer Russ Winnie.

The American Association Milwaukee Brewers played for 50 years, from 1902-1952; they won their first American Association championship in 1913 and repeated the next year. All told the American Association Brewers won eight pennants in their fifty-one seasons.

This year, we’re honoring the 100th anniversary American Association Brewers on May 5. [Click for a photo of the Corey Hart bobblehead.]

For perspective, Earl just missed being born for that first championship, but he was there for their second, although he was just a baby.

It’s amazing to think about and what’s even more amazing is that Earl is still as spry as ever. He needs no help getting to his seat, his memory is sharp as a whip and boy, is he funny!

“I read in the paper that one of the Sausages was stolen,” Earl told me.

“Yes,” I confirmed. “We are glad he’s back.”

“I suppose that’s not the wurst thing that could happen,” Earl said, as he started to chuckle.

Cait had the pleasure of meeting Earl during the game.

Cait had the pleasure of meeting Earl during the game.

Yes, a wonderful family, a love of baseball and a great sense of humor–things that will get you far in life.

We wish Earl a very happy 99th birthday–and many more. We’re glad he could come out to celebrate with us today, where he could feel at home, especially surrounded by all of the teachers and children.

Cheers!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

If you would like to donate to the Earl & Kathryn Henry Scholarship Fund, please click here. You can also join in wishing Earl a Happy 99th Birthday on the UW-Milwaukee School of Education’s Facebook Page.

Former Milwaukee Braves Shortstop Johnny Logan to be Inducted Into Miller Park Walk of Fame

I’m very happy to announce that former Milwaukee Braves shortstop Johnny Logan will be honored this summer as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame. Logan received over 72% of the vote (32 votes) in Walk of Fame balloting, which includes members of the media throughout Wisconsin as well as Brewers executives.  If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Logan, it is surely a memory you will never forget.  This is a well-deserved honor for Logan as he was a great player and a fantastic person.

Logan’s election marks the first time since Lew Burdette (2010) that a player will be inducted.  Other players who received strong support this year included Braves first baseman Joe Adcock (27 votes, 61.4%) and Brewers pitcher Teddy Higuera (26 votes, 59.1%). Election requires votes from 65% of those who return ballots.

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.

Johnny Logan, 1957

Johnny Logan, 1957

“This is a very special honor for me to be honored in this great city, especially for this New York boy,” Logan said. I want to thank the greatest fans in baseball, and everyone in the media and community, for their support.”

Five former Brewers and one former Braves player did not receive the necessary three votes to stay on the 2014 ballot.  A total of 44 ballots were returned this year and there were a total of 26 Brewers players and nine Braves players on the ballot. The ballots 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 2014.

“Johnny is one of the all-time great personalities of the game, and this is a special opportunity for us to honor someone who still calls Milwaukee home,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We congratulate Johnny and look forward to his induction later this summer.”

Other past winners of the award 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); and Lew Burdette in 2010.

Johnny Logan and Bob Uecker

Johnny Logan and Bob Uecker

A date for Logan’s induction, which will take place prior to a Brewers home game, will be announced in the near future. Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.

A complete list of voting totals is listed below.

TOTAL BALLOTS 44
BREWERS
LAST FIRST

VOTES

PERCENTAGE

Augustine Jerry

3

6.8%

Bamberger George

19

43.2%

Bando Sal

8

18.2%

Burnitz Jeromy

2

4.5%

Caldwell Mike

18

40.9%

Castro Bill

4

9.1%

Cirillo Jeff

19

43.2%

Deer Rob

0

0.0%

Garner Phil

5

11.4%

Haas Moose

2

4.5%

Higuera Teddy

26

59.1%

Hisle Larry

7

15.9%

Jenkins Geoff

17

38.6%

Lezcano Sixto

3

6.8%

Moore Charlie

6

13.6%

Oglivie Ben

13

29.5%

Plesac Dan

12

27.3%

Schroeder Bill

3

6.8%

Scott George

9

20.5%

Simmons Ted

11

25.0%

Slaton Jim

7

15.9%

Surhoff B.J.

2

4.5%

Sveum Dale

3

6.8%

Vaughn Greg

7

15.9%

Vuckovich Pete

14

31.8%

Weathers David

0

0.0%

BRAVES
LAST FIRST

VOTES

PERCENTAGE

Adcock Joe

27

61.4%

Bruton William

4

9.1%

Buhl Robert

4

9.1%

Crandall Del

10

22.7%

Haney Fred

6

13.6%

Logan John

32

72.7%

Mantilla Felix

3

6.8%

Pafko Andy

3

6.8%

Torre Frank

0

0.0%

We’re Celebrating Mr.Baseball with Our Favorite Ueckerisms & More All Month Long

Back in March, we announced that the legendary “Mr. Baseball,” Bob Uecker, will be honored on Friday, August 31 with a statue placed outside of Miller Park near the Home Plate Plaza.

Well, it is now August and we’re extending our celebration of Mr. Baseball all month long with photos, our favorite “Ueckerisms” and more across our various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

We also want to hear from you! On Twitter, post any photos you may have, or share your favorite memories of Uecker, or listening to Uecker, in 140 characters or less using the hashtag: #Uecker. 

Not on Twitter? Share your stories by posting in the comment fields below our various Uecker pictures on Facebook, or email your personal photos to: JohnandCait@brewers.com (Subject line: UECKER).

We’ll compile some of the best fan submissions and share them here on the blog.

An iconic figure for the franchise, Uecker has provided the soundtrack of summer to generations of fans listening to Milwaukee Brewers games on the Brewers Radio Network. His irreverent style and knowledge of the game are unrivaled and his talents have also been known to audiences worldwide for years through his work on television and film projects.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Uecker’s first Major League game and, while Uecker’s roots will always be in baseball (including six seasons as a player and 42 years as a Brewers broadcaster), his career includes an incredible base of performing and entertaining all featuring one common thread – he always leaves the audience laughing.

Uecker blasted onto the national scene as an entertainer in 1969. A visit with Al Hirt led to Johnny Carson booking Uecker for an appearance on the “Tonight Show.” The chemistry between Uecker and Carson was immediate, and it led to approximately 100 encore appearances. Uecker soon became one of the most sought-after guests on the Talk Show circuit as appearances followed on the “Mike Douglas” and “Merv Griffin” shows, “Late Night with David Letterman” and even a hosting role on “Saturday Night Live.”

Highly respected in the industry, Uecker was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Hall of Fame this past spring.

Uecker’s credits go far beyond guest appearances and play-by-play. In 1985, he launched a television acting career as one of the stars of ABC’s sitcom “Mr. Belvedere,” which put 122 episodes into syndication. He also hosted two syndicated television shows, “Bob Uecker’s Wacky World of Sports” and “Bob Uecker’s War of the Stars.”

One of Uecker’s most memorable roles came as the anchor of arguably the most successful advertising campaign in the history of television – The “Miller Lite All-Stars.” For years, Uecker served as the captain of the crew that acted in spots promoting Lite Beer from Miller.

As a film actor, Uecker starred in what is widely regarded as one of the best baseball movies of all time, serving as a radio announcer in the film “Major League.” He followed that up with a reprised role in the equally popular “Major League II.”

Uecker’s national sports broadcasting experience included serving as color commentator for ABC Sports coverage of Monday Night Baseball, League Championship Series and World Series, and NBC’s Major League Baseball Game of the Week.

A former catcher who spent six seasons in the Major Leagues, Bob authored a book entitled “Catcher In the Wry,” a humorous look back on the years he spent with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. One of his career highlights as a player came in 1964 when he was a member of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Despite his national attention and success, Uecker has always worked toward helping others. His charitable efforts benefit many organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Uecker will be the fourth person to be honored with a Miller Park statue. Hank Aaron and Robin Yount were the first to be recognized with statues that were unveiled on April 5, 2001, the first year of Miller Park’s existence. The first two statues were donated by the Allan H. (Bud) Selig Foundation. On August 24, 2010, Major League Baseball Commissioner and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig became the third honoree when his statue was unveiled in an afternoon program.

The statue will be cast in bronze, measure over seven feet in height not including the base, and is being designed and produced by Brian Maughan, who (along with Douglas Kwart) also created the Aaron, Selig and Yount statues.

Specific details related to the statue unveiling & ceremony on August 31 will be announced later this month.

Please join as we celebrate all month long!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce Changes For Miller Park in 2010

Like we said in our first post, there is action 365 days a year here at Miller Park.  Construction has already started on a number of these offseason Miller Park ballpark improvements.  Here is a sneak peak of some of those changes and improvements that the Brewers announced today.

Terrace Store - Axon.jpgThe “Brewers Team Store on the Terrace Level” will be updated to mirror the award-winning “Team Store by Majestic” on the Field Level.  New lighting, store fixtures and an updated floor design will greet fans.  The store will be open during home games when Miller Park gates are open.
Brewers-Clubhouse_Copperpla.jpg

Not every fan will be able to see this, but Brewers players will be greeted each day with an updated clubhouse entrance.  A fresh coat of paint and new carpeting will be among the improvements in the home clubhouse.  Pavilion1.jpg

In the right field corner of the Field Level outside of Miller Park, the team is constructing a Plaza Pavilion.  It involves upgrading the existing smoking area into an outdoor gathering location.  Fans will be able to enjoy the game with televisions and purchase food and beverage from stands located throughout the Pavilion.

Braves Wall of Honor.jpg

I’m a huge history buff and love reading about baseball history.  The updated Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor will include new plaques, artwork, lighting and photo banners celebrating the National League team that called Milwaukee home from 1953 to 1965.  I think it is important that the Brewers don’t forget the team that preceded them and this will be a welcome update to Miller Park.

Continuing on the history trend, the parking lots surrounding Miller Park will be renamed in honor of some of Milwaukee’s baseball legends.  Twelve lots around Miller Park will be adorned with the names of former Milwaukee Brewers and Braves Playesr with banners and other artwork notating the new designations.  Included in the list are 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.

Here is the updated Miller Park parking lot map:
parking_map2.pdf

The “Uecker Lot” will include a special twist for fans that I think is going to be really popular.  Each game, 10 spaces will be reserved in “Uecker’s Front Row.” Attendants in the lots will select 10 cars paying cash for general parking at random to move up to the front row of the Uecker Lot for only $1.  There will be a special row of decorated “Uecker’s Front Row” parking spaces reserved for these randomly selected fans.  When that project is finished, I will be sure to post pictures.

John
johnandcait@brewers.com

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