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BILLY BRUTON TO BE INDUCTED INTO MILWAUKEE BRAVES HONOR ROLL

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct former Milwaukee Braves outfielder Billy Bruton into the Braves Honor Roll.  An induction ceremony will take place at Miller Park on Monday, May 16, beginning at noon at the site of the Braves Honor Roll, which is located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse along the third base side.

William Bruton of the Milwaukee Braves in his batting stance. Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

William Bruton of the Milwaukee Braves in his batting stance.
Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The lightning-quick center fielder spent eight of his 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-60.  He batted .276 with 48 HR, 327 RBI and 143 stolen bases with the Braves.

Bruton became an instant fan favorite when he hit a 10th inning home run to seal the victory in the Braves’ first-ever home game on April 14, 1953 vs. St. Louis.  Bruton, who finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting, led the National League in stolen bases in each of his first three seasons.  The speedster led the NL in runs (112 in 1960) and triples twice (15 in 1956 and 13 in 1960).  During the 1958 World Series, Bruton batted .412 (7-for-17) with 1 HR and 2 RBI.

Bruton finished his career with the Detroit Tigers from 1961-64.  He passed away on December 5, 1995.  Bruton family members will be attending the May 16 ceremony.

Bruton will become the 15th member of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll.  Previous inductees include: 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), Hank Aaron (2012), Del Crandall (2012), Gene Conley (2013), Joe Torre (2014) and Red Schoendienst (2015).

 

5/16/16 Update:

Today we held the ceremony at Miller Park. Here’s a look at Billy’s plaque on the Braves Honor Roll:

Photo May 16, 12 16 14 PM

 

JOE ADCOCK TO BE INDUCTED INTO MILLER PARK WALK OF FAME

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.

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer. Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer.
Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

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).

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“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.

Red Schoendienst Inducted Into the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll

Today, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association induct edHall of Famer Red Schoendienst into the Braves Honor Roll in a ceremony at Miller Park. The Braves Honor Roll is located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse along the third base side (near the Main Gate).

Schoendienst

A 10-time All-Star, Schoendienst played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and the Milwaukee Braves. The second baseman appeared in 2,216 games, collected 2,449 hits and batted .289 lifetime. He was acquired by the Milwaukee Braves in a midseason trade from the Giants in 1957 and led the National League with 200 hits that season. His acquisition by the Braves played an integral role in claiming the 1957 World Series championship. The following season, Schoendienst appeared in 106 games for the Braves as he helped lead Milwaukee to a second straight pennant.

Altogether during his Major League career, Schoendienst finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four times, including third in 1957. He later went on to manage the Cardinals to a World Series title in 1967 and a National League pennant in 1968. Schoendienst was voted into the Baseball of Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1989.

The induction was emceed by Brewers public address announcer Robb Edwards and, although the 92-year-old Schoendienst was not able to attend the unveiling event, Bob Buege, president of the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association did read a note from Red expressing his gratitude for this recognition.

Here are a few other photos from today’s event:

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We also livestreamed the event using Periscope,

There are 13 additional members of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll, including 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), Hank Aaron (2012), Gene Conley (2013) and Joe Torre (2014).

Red Schoendienst To Be Inducted Into the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll on April 9 at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst into the Braves Honor Roll on Thursday, April 9 in a ceremony beginning at noon. The Braves Honor Roll is located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse along the third base side (near the Main Gate).

A 10-time All-Star, Schoendienst played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and the Milwaukee Braves. The second baseman appeared in 2,216 games, collected 2,449 hits and batted .289 lifetime. He was acquired by the Milwaukee Braves in a midseason trade from the Giants in 1957 and led the National League with 200 hits that season. His acquisition by the Braves played an integral role in claiming the 1957 World Series championship. The following season, Schoendienst appeared in 106 games for the Braves as he helped lead Milwaukee to a second straight pennant.

Altogether during his Major League career, Schoendienst finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four times, including third in 1957. He later went on to manage the Cardinals to a World Series title in 1967 and a National League pennant in 1968. Schoendienst was voted into the Baseball of Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1989.

The 92-year-old Schoendienst will not be able to attend the unveiling event.

There are 13 additional members of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll, including 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), Hank Aaron (2012), Gene Conley (2013) and Joe Torre (2014).

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%

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