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I just signed a publishing contract with McFarland & Company to publish my Milwaukee Brewers historical book! What does this mean?
I need to deliver a draft of the manuscript by END OF AUGUST! Yes, this coming August. The manuscript has been completed for some time, but I will be taking another pass through to do even more edits. I also have to work on compiling sources for quotes.
The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their road trip with two tough losses in Chicago. Last Thursday they came home to face the St. Louis Cardinals, and promptly won 7-5. The Cards won the next three games 6-3, 4-1, and 6-4. Going into Monday’s action, the Brewers are 9-11 in the NL Central, two games behind the front running Cubs.
I’m a touch late this week due to travel to see family over Easter weekend. But the Brew Crew had a big week, and I certainly don’t want to skip a week of Brewers Week in Review.
The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers had a hot week on their nine game road trip. They knocked off Toronto in a two game series (4-3 and 2-0). They won three out of four in Cincinnati over the weekend (wins 5-1, 10-4, 4-2; loss 4-2). Last night they beat the Cubs 6-3 to start a three game series in Chicago. Heading into Tuesday’s action, Milwaukee is 8-6 in the NL Central, .5 behind the Reds.
The Milwaukee Brewers played in the American League East division from 1972-93. In 2017, the Brewers will play many of their old foes from the East in Interleague matchups. Baltimore, Boston, Toronto, and the New York Yankees are all on the schedule this season. To celebrate the glory days of the old AL East, I’ve created a “classic opponents” series of blog posts. I’ll be covering great games, opposing teams, and even individual players from the East, particularly from Milwaukee’s golden baseball era of 1978-82. I’ll be keeping this series fair and balanced – so Milwaukee isn’t always crushing Toronto or striking Reggie Jackson out four times in a game.
Since the Brewers are in Toronto for an Interleague series this week, let’s kick things off with the 1980 Toronto Blue Jays.
Ten years ago today, the 3-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, scheduled to be played at Jacobs Field April 10-12, moved to Miller Park. The Indians had already started the season on the road against the Chicago White Sox, winning 2 of 3 games. When they came home to Cleveland, Mother Nature had plans that would interrupt their festivities and the next several games.
The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers kicked off the 2017 season with a seven game home stand. The first four games were against Colorado followed by a weekend series with the Chicago Cubs.
Anybody can say they were at Miller Park’s first Opening Day – 42,024 people in fact. That game happened on April 6, 2001. But only REAL FANS can say they were at the second game. I went to that game, and I’ll tell you about it after a quick recap of the opener…
In a repeat of the final series at Milwaukee County Stadium the previous year, Cincinnati again met the Brewers. Jeff D’Amico started both games for the Crew, and his first pitch in that first MP game was a strike to Barry Larkin. At 7:17 p.m. under a closed roof, the action was underway. It was just 43 degrees outside, but 72 degrees comfortable inside for fans – as had been promised all along. Talk of a new stadium started over ten years prior to that first pitch, and the construction phase lasted well over four years.
I feel fortunate to have made some connections with ex-Brewers in the past two years. Not everyone wants to talk of course, and some guys say the number games they played combined with the passage of time make their memories not reliable enough to share. Others have been very giving with their time and memories. One such connection I made is with 1970 cup of coffee pitcher Ray Peters.
Only four pitchers in baseball history have started only one major league game, thrown six scoreless innings or more, and recorded a win in the process. Chris Sáenz (pronounced SYNS) of the Milwaukee Brewers is the most recent, and actually the first hurler since 1899 to accomplish the feat.
As with most cup of coffee players, a perfect chain of events had to play out for Sáenz to make just one appearance and disappear, never to be heard from again. The early 2004 season for the Brewers was ripe with issues – enough in fact, for a Double A pitcher to be called up to face the Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals in late April.
When I first started thinking I’d like to write a book about the Milwaukee Brewers franchise moving from Seattle in 1970, I kept coming back to a simple question: Who were the original players, coaches, executives, and stadium workers? Not just their names, but who were they personally and what did they experience when the Brewers were in their infancy.
I started by looking at names and faces on the 1970 team photo card and decided to pursue interviewing as many of these guys as possible. I was fortunate last year to interview one of the original team bat boys and one of the ball boys. Both had interesting perspectives and memories of not just the players, but also County Stadium, and what it was like to work at Green Bay Packers games as well.
This past Sunday I attended the Milwaukee Brewers Annual Winter Fan Fest, more commonly known as Brewers On Deck. Here’s a recap of the event and a bit of my personal perspective, with a few photos to boot.
Pitcher Bob Humphreys‘ input was extremely important as I started doing research for my Milwaukee Brewers historical book, so I decided to create a full-length profile for him.
Humphreys was born in Covington, Virginia on August 18, 1935. He loved baseball and basketball, playing both sports in high school and Hampden-Sydney College. He lettered in both sports in college, but decided to pursue baseball as a career.
With the Hot Stove League heating up and baseball’s winter meetings happening soon, Milwaukee Brewers fans are wondering what could possibly be on General Manager David Stearns’ holiday shopping list. To take a look at what Stearns might do during the remainder of the offseason, first let’s recap what roster moves have happened so far and what holes need to be plugged.