Right this moment we proceed our annual custom of taking a second earlier than turning the calendar to a brand new 12 months to recollect figures from the Brewers’ and Wisconsin’s baseball historical past that we’ve misplaced during the last twelve months.
It’s been one other troublesome 12 months for these with an appreciation of Wisconsin’s baseball historical past: Whereas the 13 former Brewers, Milwaukee Braves and others with Wisconsin ties that handed are fewer than the 17 we noticed final 12 months, this 12 months’s record features a Corridor of Famer, a participant featured on the Milwaukee Braves’ Wall of Honor and a recipient of the Corridor of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, amongst others.
Thanks as at all times to Stathead and David Schultz for his or her assist compiling this record. Whereas the record is complete to the most effective of our data, please tell us within the feedback if we missed anybody.
Henry Aaron, age 86, handed away on January 22
Lengthy earlier than he grew to become one of many biggest hitters in MLB historical past, Henry Aaron got here to Milwaukee as a spring coaching underdog story. Aaron had logged 137 video games, posted a .988 OPS and hit 22 residence runs for A-level Jacksonville in 1953 however was promised to AAA Toledo for the 1954 season when one second in spring coaching modified the course of historical past: Braves outfielder Bobby Thomson broke his ankle, and Aaron claimed the vacated spot in Milwaukee’s outfield.
Throughout the a long time that adopted and regardless of numerous battles with racism, each in Milwaukee and past, Aaron compiled an inventory of profession accomplishments practically inconceivable to catalog in any temporary format. Throughout his eleven seasons in Milwaukee with the Braves Aaron was an MVP, a World Collection champion, a two-time batting champion, a two-time residence run champion and made the primary 15 of his 25 All Star appearances (there have been two All Star video games from 1959-62). Regardless of not making his debut till 1954 Aaron performed in 88% of the Braves’ video games throughout their 13-year run in Milwaukee.
Aaron adopted the Braves to Atlanta following the 1965 season and by the point he returned to Milwaukee in 1975 he was MLB’s all-time chief in residence runs, RBI and complete bases. He nonetheless holds the latter two data. He performed his remaining two seasons with the Brewers, the place he hit his 755th residence run, logged his twenty fifth and remaining All Star look and recorded his 3771st and remaining hit, which nonetheless stands because the third-highest complete in MLB historical past. Aaron was a first-ballot Corridor of Famer in 1982, and his 97.83% of the vote was on the time the best complete for a first-ballot choice for the reason that Corridor’s first election in 1936.
In fact, Aaron’s impression on the sport and the world as a complete lengthen far past his performances on the baseball area or his enjoying profession. Aaron has a SABR Bio written by Bill Johnson, a New York Times obituary written by Richard Goldstein and is the topic of numerous books, together with his autobiography I Had A Hammer.
Billy Conigliaro, who 73, handed away on February 10
The youthful brother of former Crimson Sox All Star Tony Conigliaro, Billy was a Massachusetts native and entered skilled baseball as a prime prospect, having been chosen by the Crimson Sox with the #5 general decide within the 1965 MLB draft. He was the primary draft choice in that group’s historical past.
The youthful Conigliaro had spent a number of years within the minors and some years within the majors with the Crimson Sox however was nonetheless solely 24 years outdated when he was included within the well-known ten-player commerce in October of 1971 that introduced him to Milwaukee alongside (amongst a number of others) first baseman George Scott (extra on this deal later). Conigliaro was a profession .269/.329/.461 hitter with the Crimson Sox however that success didn’t comply with him to Milwaukee, the place he appeared in simply 52 video games and posted a .261 on-base proportion. The Brewers suspended him with out pay for leaving the crew with out permission that June, and later traded him to Oakland the place he performed his remaining MLB season. He was carried out enjoying main league baseball simply after his twenty sixth birthday.
Whereas the youthful Conigliaro had a notable MLB profession in his personal proper and gained a World Collection with the 1973 A’s, his relationship together with his older brother grew to become the prime storyline of his life. His frustration with Tony’s remedy and eventual departure from the Crimson Sox led to a public outburst that set the desk for his departure and sure abbreviated his profession, and Billy went on to play a key function in Tony’s enterprise ventures, finish of life care and the preservation of his legacy. Billy’s Associated Press obituary recognized him as “Keeper of His Brother’s Baseball Flame.” Conigliaro’s turbulent baseball life is chronicled in a SABR Bio written by Bill Nowlin
Lew Krausse, age 77, handed away on February 16
The youthful Lew Krausse was the son of a 1930’s MLB pitcher by the identical title, however by the point he was 19 years outdated he had already surpassed his father’s accomplishments. Krausse got here of age at a good time for a prime baseball prospect: In one of many remaining years earlier than the implementation of the MLB draft, Krausse and several other of the sport’s prime prospects have been free to barter their very own contracts with any crew. Having thrown 18 novice no-hitters, Krausse was one of many greatest prizes in the marketplace and signed with the A’s for $125,000 below the situation that he can be allowed to pitch within the majors instantly. On June 16, 1961 he pitched an entire recreation shutout in his MLB debut, turning into the youngest (recognized) pitcher in MLB historical past to work a 9 inning shutout.
Krausse had pitched 187 video games for the A’s (on the time the twenty second most in franchise historical past) throughout parts of seven seasons when the then-Seattle Pilots acquired him in a six-player deal in January of 1970 that introduced him, reliever Ken Sanders and two others into the group in alternate for infielder Ron Clark and first baseman Don Mincher, the Pilots’ lone All Star from their debut season. Krausse was the Brewers’ Opening Day starter for his or her first opener at County Stadium, and logged 396 1/3 innings throughout 80 appearances (57 begins) throughout two seasons in Milwaukee.
Krausse’s tenure in Milwaukee ended with one other notable commerce: He was a part of the ten-player deal in October of 1971 that additionally despatched Tommy Harper and Marty Pattin to the Crimson Sox in alternate for a six-player package deal together with George Scott. All informed, Krausse logged practically 1300 innings throughout 12 MLB seasons as a member of 5 franchises. David E. Skelton wrote his SABR Bio, and JR Radcliffe of the Journal Sentinel wrote his obituary.
Juan Pizarro, age 84, handed away on February 18
A local of Puerto Rico, Pizarro pitched the primary 4 of his 18 MLB seasons as a Milwaukee Courageous, debuting as a 20-year-old in 1957 and happening to pitch within the World Collection later that very same season. In a time earlier than excessive strikeout charges (the NL common in 1957 was 4.9 per 9 innings), Pizarro stood out from the norm as a pitcher who walked nearly 5 batters per 9 innings throughout his time in Milwaukee but in addition struck out 7.4.
The Braves traded Pizarro to the Reds following the 1960 season, who traded him to the White Sox later the identical day. He had his finest seasons with the White Sox, main the American League in strikeout fee in each 1961 and 1962 and making the one two All Star appearances of his profession in 1963 and 1964. His 8.7 strikeouts per 9 in 1961 set a White Sox franchise document that stood for 46 years.
All informed, throughout 18 seasons and eight MLB franchises Pizarro pitched over 2000 innings with a 3.43 ERA, logged 1522 strikeouts (which on the time of his retirement was 72nd in MLB historical past) and gained 131 video games. Pizarro has a SABR bio written by Rory Costello and an obituary at RIP Baseball.
Charlie Gorin, age 93, handed away on February 21
A member of back-to-back NCAA Nationwide Championship groups on the College of Texas, Gorin spent everything of his eleven-year skilled profession within the Braves group, each earlier than and after two years within the Navy throughout the Korean Warfare. Gorin pitched for the AAA Milwaukee Brewers in 1950 and 1951 earlier than leaving for navy service, and made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954.
Whereas he pitched extensively within the excessive minors, Gorin’s MLB service time was temporary: He logged 5 video games with the Braves in 1954 and by no means returned after a disastrous outing in April of 1955, the place he confronted 4 batters and allowed three consecutive walks and a success. Following his baseball profession Gorin had an extended second profession in teaching and training.
Shawn Clynch of KVUE has an interview with Gorin about his baseball reminiscences from 2019, and Gorin has an extensive obituary at dignitymemorial.com.
Frankie De La Cruz, age 37, handed away on March 14
Born Eulogio De La Cruz however nicknamed Frankie, De La Cruz stretched the definition of what it meant to be a journeyman pitcher. He signed with the Tigers as an novice free agent in 2001 and made his MLB debut there in 2007, however pitched in simply six video games earlier than being traded to the Marlins within the eight-player deal that introduced Miguel Cabrera to Detroit.
From there, FDLC by no means had a lot time to unpack. He break up 2008 between the majors and minors within the Marlins group, did the identical in 2009 with the Padres, then pitched in Japan in 2010 earlier than returning to the US within the Brewers group in 2011. He pitched in eleven MLB video games for the Crew that season and posted a 2.77 ERA, however that was his remaining MLB marketing campaign.
De La Cruz’s profession, nevertheless, was removed from over. After his remaining recreation with the Brewers he pitched in AAA, AA, Taiwan, Mexico and Italy, and pitched in winter ball within the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico, making his remaining winter ball look simply months earlier than his passing. All informed, throughout eleven minor and main league seasons and 13 years pitching internationally he logged greater than 600 skilled video games and over 1800 innings. De La Cruz’s obituaries included Evan Woodbery of MLive.com and RIP Baseball.
Jack Smith, age 85, handed away on April 7
Jack Hatfield Smith, a local of Pikeville, Kentucky, signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as an novice free agent out of highschool however toiled for a number of years within the minors earlier than getting his first alternatives within the large leagues, a mixed 12 appearances with the now-Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962 and 1963 as a 26 and 27-year-old, respectively.
The Dodgers left Smith unprotected within the Rule 5 Draft following the 1963 season and the Milwaukee Braves took an opportunity on him. He had his finest MLB season with the Braves in 1964, posting a 3.77 ERA throughout 22 reduction appearances. 1964 was additionally Smith’s final MLB season: He performed for the Braves’ AAA affiliate in Atlanta in 1965, then retired and opened a barber store within the metropolis.
Smith is probably going higher recognized for that barber store, named “Smitty’s Bullpen,” which he operated for 50 years earlier than retiring in 2016. Smith has obituaries at Legacy.com and RIP Baseball.
Del Crandall, age 91, handed away on Might 5
On April 13, 1953 Del Crandall performed his first MLB recreation in two and a half years, and it simply occurred to be the very first recreation in Milwaukee Braves historical past. Within the a long time forward he would issue right into a tons of extra video games within the metropolis.
Crandall, who beforehand had a cup of espresso with the 1948 AAA Milwaukee Brewers, had performed within the majors with the 1949 and 1950 Boston Braves earlier than lacking two years to serve within the navy. When he returned to baseball in 1953 the Braves put him proper into the MLB beginning lineup, and he was there practically each day for greater than a decade. Crandall was an eleven-time All Star throughout eleven years as a Milwaukee Courageous (together with each video games in 1959, 1960 and 1962), a four-time Gold Glove Award winner at catcher and thus far the one batter ever to hit a house run in Recreation 7 of two consecutive World Collection, doing it within the remaining recreation in each 1957 and 1958.
The Braves traded Crandall to the Giants following the 1963 season, however his time in Milwaukee wasn’t over simply but: He managed the brand new Milwaukee Brewers’ AAA affiliate in Evansville in 1971, then moved up the ladder to take over the large league membership throughout the 1972 season. He managed elements of 4 seasons in Milwaukee and was nonetheless the winningest supervisor in franchise historical past greater than a decade after his departure, holding the document till George Bamberger handed it throughout his remaining stint with the membership in 1985.
Crandall’s passing leaves simply two surviving members of the 1953 Milwaukee Braves: Pitcher Joey Jay and infielder Mel Roach, who have been each of their first MLB seasons and mixed to seem in simply eight video games. Crandall has a SABR bio written by Gregory H. Wolf and a New York Times obituary written by Richard Goldstein.
Mike Marshall, age 78, handed away on Might 31
Earlier than he was the proprietor of one of the uncommon stat traces in MLB historical past, Mike Marshall was a pitcher who was simply attempting to catch on someplace. He signed as an novice free agent in 1960 however bounced across the minors for many of the subsequent 9 years, logging one partial season with the Tigers. He was nonetheless obtainable when the Seattle Pilots have been making the 53rd decide within the 1968 growth draft, and made 20 appearances (together with 14 begins) of their growth season. Even the lowly Pilots didn’t have room for him, nevertheless, demoting him to the minors after a disastrous begin in July and promoting him to the Astros after the season.
By 1971, nevertheless, Marshall had a brand new and unprecedented function: Tremendous reliever. With the Expos that season he logged 111 1/3 innings with out making a single begin. By 1973 it was 179 innings with a 2.66 ERA, and in 1974 he was the Nationwide League Cy Younger Award winner with the Dodgers, pitching in reduction in 106 video games and dealing 208 1/3 innings with a 2.42 ERA earlier than happening to make seven extra appearances within the postseason. He completed third within the voting for NL MVP.
All informed, Marshall logged 1386 2/3 innings throughout 724 MLB appearances as a member of 9 franchises. He was a two-time All Star, a five-time recipient of Cy Younger Award votes and is the one pitcher in MLB historical past to work in additional than 95 video games in a season. Marshall has an Associated Press obituary and a SABR Bio by Warren Corbett.
Chuck Hartenstein, age 79, handed away on October 2
A local of Texas and a Longhorns alum, Hartenstein had a six-year MLN profession pitching for the Cubs, Pirates, Cardinals, Crimson Sox and, after a six-year MLB hiatus, the 1977 Blue Jays. After that remaining marketing campaign he transitioned practically instantly to teaching, and finally served because the Brewers’ pitching coach from 1987-89. After three years in that function he transitioned to scouting in 1990, then retired in 1995.
Hartenstein has an extensive SABR bio written by Bill Nowlin and obituaries at The Seguin Gazette (h/t @jeffash26) and RIP Baseball. Former Brewers pitcher Don August also tweeted a pleasant tribute to him.
Ray Fosse, age 74, handed away on October 13
Cleveland’s first-ever choice within the MLB Draft, Fosse is maybe finest remembered for one unlucky second that appeared to completely alter the trajectory of his profession. Fosse was enjoying his first full season within the majors in 1970 and was catching for the American League within the twelfth inning of All Star Recreation when Cubs outfielder Jim Hickman singled to proper and Pete Rose got here round to attain, leveling Fosse within the course of.
It should perpetually stay unclear if the collision with Rose was a think about his early decline, however Fosse’s offensive numbers dropped off from that time ahead: After posting an .893 OPS earlier than the All Star break in 1970, Fosse had a .713 mark within the second half and .656 within the eight seasons that adopted. His remaining 19 MLB video games got here with the 1979 Brewers, who gave him a possibility after he sat out all of 1978. He retired when the Brewers launched him throughout spring coaching in 1980.
Following his enjoying profession Fosse spent greater than 35 years engaged on radio and tv broadcasts for the A’s. Fosse has a SABR Bio written by Joseph Wancho and a San Jose Mercury News obituary by Shayna Rubin.
Doug Jones, age 64, handed away on November 22
Doug Jones was the #59 general decide within the 1978 draft, and for the primary decade it didn’t appear like the Brewers would get a lot from their funding. The second and third chapters of his profession, nevertheless, made Jones a memorable baseball story.
Jones pitched elements of 4 seasons within the minors and was nearly 25 years outdated earlier than he acquired his first shot on the majors. Even that stint was temporary: He made the Opening Day roster for the 1982 Brewers and pitched within the season’s first recreation, however was returned to the minors after simply 4 outings and didn’t resurface within the large leagues for Milwaukee once more. By his thirtieth birthday Jones had pitched in elements of ten minor league seasons however logged simply 22 video games on the MLB stage. After greater than a decade as a minor league journeyman, nevertheless, in 1988 Jones remodeled into one of many recreation’s elite relievers.
As a 31-year-old in 1988 Jones was a full-time main leaguer for the primary time, grew to become Cleveland’s nearer and made his first of 5 All Star appearances, posting a 2.27 ERA and saving 37 video games. Regardless of having been within the minors the earlier season, Jones appeared on a number of American League MVP ballots. Over a seven-year stretch from 1988-94 Jones had a 2.94 ERA out of the bullpen and logged 208 saves.
The third chapter of Jones’ profession, nevertheless, was much more unlikely. Jones appeared prone to be carried out with baseball when the Cubs launched him as a 39-year-old in 1996, however the Brewers signed him and gave him one final shot. A couple of month after signing he was again within the majors and in 1997 Jones led all of baseball with 73 video games completed and set a franchise document with 36 saves. Armed with an especially gradual fastball that earned him the nickname “Delicate Factor,” Jones pitched within the majors by means of his age 43 season with the Brewers, Cleveland and Oakland. After logging simply 22 MLB appearances earlier than his thirtieth birthday, Jones retired with over 846 video games pitched and 303 saves, which on the time was the twelfth most in MLB historical past.
Jones handed away from problems resulting from COVID-19. He has a SABR Bio written by Richard Riis and an extensive obituary at RIP Baseball.
Roland Hemond, age 92, handed away on December 12
One of the storied and embellished executives in MLB historical past, a few of Hemond’s first steps in skilled baseball got here in Milwaukee. Hemond was a younger assistant within the Boston Braves’ entrance workplace when the crew moved abruptly earlier than the 1953 season, and he was despatched to Milwaukee to assist with ticket gross sales. He ended up spending eight years in Milwaukee, finally climbing the ladder to assistant farm director.
After serving to assemble the Braves’ 1957 and 1958 World Collection groups and marrying basic supervisor John Quinn’s daughter, Hemond left for Los Angeles in 1961 to turn out to be the primary farm and scouting director for the growth Angels. Hemond finally grew to become basic supervisor of the White Sox, serving in that function from 1970-85 and in the identical function with the Orioles from 1988-95. He gained the Sporting Information’ MLB Government of the 12 months Award thrice. One in every of his assistants throughout that point was future Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who recently shared his memories of Hemond with Adam McCalvy.
Hemond was the namesake and first recipient of the Society for American Baseball Analysis’s annual Roland Hemond Award, introduced to an government who “has demonstrated a lifetime dedication to skilled baseball scouts and scouting, and participant growth historical past. In 2001 Minor League Baseball topped him “King of Baseball,” and in 2011 the Baseball Corridor of Fame made him the second-ever recipient of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, second solely to O’Neil himself.
Hemond has an extensive SABR Bio written by Bill Nowlin and an Associated Press obituary.
Along with the aforementioned gamers, coaches and executives, immediately we additionally pause to recollect two individuals who impacted the sport away from the sector:
Bud Lea, age 92, handed away on January 20
After beginning his profession as a rookie reporter for the Milwaukee Sentinel overlaying the Inexperienced Bay Packers in 1954, Bud Lea grew to become a Wisconsin sports activities establishment for many years to return. After extensively overlaying the Lombardi-era Packers, Lea went on to turn out to be the Sentinel’s sports activities editor in 1972.
Whereas his profession is finest remembered for his protection of soccer, Lea was additionally keen about baseball. He co-founded the Milwaukee Braves Historic Affiliation and his Journal Sentinel obituary features a quote from Bud Selig about their interactions at Brewers video games. @Tweetsfrom1982 documented a few of his opinions from that legendary season.
Tom Haudricourt wrote Lea’s aforementioned obituary.
Tom Skibosh, age 73, handed away on December 25
A Brookfield native and UW-Milwaukee alum, Skibosh spent his total skilled life in sports activities within the Milwaukee space, first as sports activities editor on the West Allis Star and later as sports activities data director again at his alma mater. In 1976 he joined the Brewers as Public Relations Director, and remained a fixture within the group’s press field by means of 1994. The “What’s Brewing?” month-to-month journal was his creation and, as famous in his Journal Sentinel obituary, a number of individuals who acquired their begin working below Skibosh have gone on to lengthy and profitable careers within the space.
Skibosh remained active on Twitter practically as much as the day of his passing, and was a passionate fantasy soccer participant. Along with the obituary linked above, his passing drew tributes from Jim Paschke and Kent Sommerfeld, amongst others.
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