The Milwaukee Brewers currently lead the Central Division with a 51-41 record. Learn more about the history of the Brew Crew with this week’s picks:
Do you remember Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, and Joe Adcock? Do the names Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, and Rollie Fingers ring a bell? Then Baseball in Beertown will help you relive some of Milwaukee baseball’s most memorable moments. Freelance writer and historian Todd Mishler takes a look back to 1902 and captures Milwaukee’s baseball legacy until 2004 including more recent occurrences such as the Boston Braves’ move to Milwaukee in 1953; the Milwaukee Braves heartbreaking move to Atlanta in 1966; finally the baseball’s return to Milwaukee with the Brewers in 1969. Mishler includes the teams’ ups and downs, players’ achievements and disappointments, and the importance of fan loyalty in this compilation of baseball memories.
Bill Schroeder, color commentator for Fox Sports Wisconsin, takes you behind the scenes of the Milwaukee Brewers. As a former catcher for the team, Schroeder has a unique insider’s perspective on locker room pranks, chaotic batting practices, and the grind of life on the road. Schroeder also expounds on ballpark life in general – the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race, player’s nicknames and how they got them, and the 1982 Pennant Race. Plus, Schroeder reminisces about memorable moments with some of the Brewers most notable players including Paul Molitor, Bob Uecker, and Robin Yount. With six seasons as a player and twenty-two seasons as a broadcaster, Schroeder offers a comprehensive guide to the Milwaukee Brewers from the 1970s to present.
Historian William Povletich invites readers to travel back to a time when the Milwaukee Braves dominated baseball. For thirteen glorious years from 1953-1965 the Milwaukee Braves had consistent winning seasons, won two National League Pennants, and topped it all off with a World Series win in 1957. Attendance records soared while legendary players like Henry Aaron, Warren Spahn, Red Schoendienst, and knuckleballer Phil Niekro earned historic accolades in the sport. Povletich commemorates the success and acknowledges the setbacks during the tumultuous westward expansion. Plus, with over two hundred photos, Povletich captures the remarkable visual history that’s perfect for historians and baseball fans alike.