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NINTH ANNUAL NEGRO LEAGUES TRIBUTE AT MILLER PARK

Ninety-one years ago, Rube Foster formed a team in Milwaukee calling it the Bears. The Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League, played only one season before disbanding but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill.

Tonight, we honor the legacy of the Milwaukee Bears and all Negro Leagues teams as we host our ninth annual Negro Leagues Tribute at Miller Park.

Former Negro League players Ted Toles Jr. and Nathan “Sonny” Weston were honored during a tailgate reception at Helfaer Field as well as during a special pre-game ceremony at Miller Park.

Ted Toles Jr. was born on December 4, 1925 in Newton Falls, Ohio. Ted had an extensive baseball career before and after he signed with the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1946. He played in Newton Falls and with the Warren Game Cocks from 1940-46. Ted’s pitching coach got him noticed and he signed with the Negro Leagues’ Pittsburgh Crawfords. Ted went on to play for the Newark Eagles, Cleveland Buckeyes and Jacksonville Eagles from 1946-7 and in 1949. Primarily a pitcher, he also played in the outfield. Ted was noted for his fine fastball and deceptive off-speed pitches. His pitching skills and prowess at the plate took Ted to the Minor Leagues from 1949-1953.

Ted Toles, Jr. addresses the crowd before Saturday's Brewers vs. Mets game.

Ted Toles, Jr. addresses the crowd before Saturday’s Brewers vs. Mets game.

Nathan “Sonny” Weston was born on November 9, 1930 in New York City. Nathan played baseball for a number of teams throughout his career. He began with the Chicago Athletics, and played from 1947-50. In 1951, he made the move to the Negro American League and played for the Chicago American Giants. Although primarily an outfielder, he had a steady hand and played at first as well. Nathan finished his playing career in 1954 with the Independent League Jacksonville Eagles.

Weston addresses the crowd.

Weston addresses the crowd.

An autograph session with both honorees also took place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate. To support the museums and storytellers that carry on the memories, the proceeds of tonight’s 50/50 raffle will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City and Yesterday’s Negro Leagues Foundation here in Milwaukee.

Tomorrow, Toles Jr. and Weston will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC), beginning at 1:45 p.m. The Club is once again partnering with the MKDC and the church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.

In previous years, we have honored outfielders George Altman and Lonnie Harris (2013); pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012); pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame.  During the our first Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

BREWERS TO HOST ANNUAL NEGRO LEAGUES TRIBUTE ON SATURDAY

This Saturday, July 26, the Brewers will host the franchise’s ninth annual Negro Leagues Tribute at Miller Park. Former Negro League players Ted Toles Jr. and Nathan “Sonny” Weston will be honored during a tailgate reception at Helfaer Field, beginning at 3 p.m., along with a special pre-game ceremony at Miller Park. An autograph session with both honorees will take place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate.

Toles Jr., 88, began his playing career in the Negro Leagues as a pitcher/outfielder with the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1946, going 18-7 as a pitcher while batting .350. Later that season, he earned an invitation to tour with the Jackie Robinson All-Stars, where he played on the west coast portion of the tour. He also played for the Newark Eagles and was a member of the Cleveland Buckeyes’ Winter League traveling team in 1947. Toles Jr. was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1950 and played in their minor-league system, along with the Philadelphia Athletics’ farm system. Additionally, he excelled as a boxer and track star.

Weston, 83, was an outfielder and first baseman with the Chicago American Giants in 1951. Following a season in the Negro Leagues, Weston was invited to spring training with the Chicago White Sox, but was the team’s final cut in the spring of 1952. He tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but once again, was the final cut on a team that featured Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Duke Snider, among other baseball greats. A native of East Chicago, Weston graduated from Bloom Township High School and worked at the Ford Motor Company Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, Illinois for 42 years.

On Sunday, July 27, Toles Jr. and Weston will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC), beginning at 1:45 p.m. The Brewers are once again partnering with the MKDC and the church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.

In previous years, the Brewers honored outfielders George Altman and Lonnie Harris (2013); pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012); pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame.  During the Brewers’ first Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.

The Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League, played only one season before disbanding but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill.

2013 Promotional Schedule Released; Individual Tickets Go On Sale 2/23 at Annual Arctic Tailgate Party

Today is a day that many Brewers fans have been waiting for: The announcement of the date for this year’s Arctic Tailgate party, which marks the beginning of individual ticket sales at Miller Park and the release of our 2013 promotional schedule!

To start, individual game tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Tickets for individual Brewers home games can be purchased starting Saturday, February 23 at 9 a.m. at the Miller Park Box Office, at brewers.com or by calling (414) 902-4000 (or 800-933-7890).

This is the seventh year that the Arctic Tailgate party will mark the start of individual ticket sales. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer and Brewers alumni players will also be on hand to greet the fans and the first 2,000 fans in line will receive a hot dog and soda, compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, as well as an Arctic Tailgate t-shirt. FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will both serve as media sponsors.

MB-2013 Arctic Tailgate Logo

Please visit brewers.com/tailgate for details, including safety regulations. In addition, only a very limited number of tickets for Opening Day will be available at this event (note: Miller Park Box Office will be the only place where fans will be able to purchase individual Opening Day tickets on February 23; no phone or online orders will be accepted). Each fan will be limited to a maximum of four tickets for Opening Day, based on availability.

Meanwhile, through Monday, February 11, fans can visit Brewers.com and register for the chance to be selected in an Opening Day opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day and up to eight tickets to Gold and Marquee Games at Miller Park this season.

Fans will also be able to purchase parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park including Opening Day.

In addition to the Miller Park Box Office, you will be able to buy tickets and parking at Brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000. The Miller Park Box Office will be open until 5 p.m. on February 23. Normal Box Office hours are from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Monday – Friday (beginning Monday, February 25), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays. 

And…when picking out your games, you’ll definitely want to have the 2013 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE handy!

Here are a few highlights:

Thanks to John and Cait, you already know that we’ve got 10 All-Fan Bobblehead Giveaways topping the excitement at Miller Park:

Sunday, April 7: Norichika Aoki

Sunday, April 21: George Scott

Sunday, May 5: Corey Hart

Sunday, May 26: Ryan Braun

Sunday, June 9: Carlos Gomez

Sunday, June 23: Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Polish

Sunday, July 7: Hank Aaron

Sunday, August 4: Harvey Kuenn

Sunday, September 1: Gorman Thomas

Sunday, September 15: Ben Oglivie

In addition to those sure to be very popular items, there are several special events for which fans will want to mark their calendars and secure tickets in advance.

Our 5-County, 5-Day Celebration will take place from April 29–May 3. During this time, all residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties can purchase tickets at a 50% savings on all reserved seats (excluding the Miller Lite Beerpen, All-Inclusive Areas and the $1 Uecker Seats).

More great bargains are in store when we host Spring Madness from May 20-22, with all seats regularly priced at $34 and less available at a savings of 50% (excluding the Miller Lite Beerpen, All-Inclusive Areas and $1 Uecker Seats). For these three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, small Pepsi products and Klement’s hot dogs will be just $1 each.

In addition to the two annual tribute events – Cerveceros Day (Saturday, June 8 vs. Philadelphia) and the Negro Leagues Tribute Night (Saturday, July 20 vs. Miami) – we will also host Polish Heritage Day on Sunday, June 23 against the Atlanta Braves. On these dates, the Brewers will wear special uniform tops, including a “Piwowarzy” jersey (the Polish translation of “Brewers”).

Youth players will want to be in attendance for the popular Little League Night on Tuesday, June 25 as the Brewers open a series against the Chicago Cubs. All Little Leaguers in uniform (registered in advance through local youth leagues) will have the opportunity to parade around the warning track in a pre-game ceremony.

On Saturday, July 20, the 15th Annual Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing SausagesTMRun/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. for runners (8:15 a.m. for walkers) at the Klement’s Sausage Haus at Miller Park, with all proceeds supporting the programs of Brewers Community Foundation. Participants will receive a t-shirt, Klement’s hot dog, a bottle of Aquafina and a ticket voucher redeemable for one of eight specified regular season games in 2013. [Cait's note: Use this as a warmup for the Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K in September!]

Retro Fridays will be back once again and are designated for the first home Friday game of every month. They include: April 5 vs. Arizona, May 3 vs. St. Louis, June 7 vs. Philadelphia, July 5 vs. New York-NL, August 2 vs. Washington and September 13 vs. Cincinnati. Also, U.S. Bank Kids Autograph Saturdays, which are designated for kids 14 and under, will also return on select Saturdays throughout the season.  

So there you have it–everything you need to start picking out your individual games. Better hurry–Opening Day is just 55 days away!
 
-Cait

              

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