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Monday, May 14, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Milwaukee Brewers

Of all the paid-for ballpark names, this one probably works the best. The title sponsor’s name is short and kind of generic, so we aren’t dealing with something that’s obviously corporate. Miller’s ties to the city run long and deep. And, of course, the team’s nickname pulls from the very industry of the brand. You could argue that Miller Park would be one of the best names for the park even if the brewery wasn’t forking over the dough for the privilege.

The park itself is a blend of ballpark design elements. It has the arched brick exterior common with the retros. Its retractable roof is a modern marvel, and allows Bud Selig’s former team to host all of those games snowed or hurricaned or collapsed out of other locales. And its setting far from the urban center traces back to the cookie cutter era, the location an accommodation of the area’s rich tailgating culture.

While my money is on Miller retaining its title, we could use this opportunity to honor one of our own. Alas, a) he’s already a tribute to the most famous club in Brew Crew history, and b) he wasn’t terribly fond of the place.

Thus, we might have to figure out some other way to memorialize Mr. Wallbangers, whose circle in BTF’s Hall of Fame is just one poster deep. 

Next: Voting Resumes in Texas

Ballpark History

Built: 2001

Capacity: 41,900

Name: Miller Park, 2001-present.

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Milwaukee County Stadium 1970-2000 (before that, County Stadium hosted the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-1965.

Distinctive Features: Bernie Brewer slide; fan-shaped roof; Ueck; the race where Randall Simon tapped his inner Gilooly; the ever-present scent of tubed meat on a grill.


Ballpark Highlights:

In a moment that encapsulated his stewardship of MLB, a flummoxed Bud Selig declared a tie after 11 innings of the 2002 All-Star Game, a result aided by managers Bob Brenly and Joe Torre forgetting how extra innings work.

In 2007, the United States Bowling Congress Masters finals were held at Miller Park with the playing surface fitted with four lanes. I like to think this was the inspiration for the Brew Crew’s bowling pin celebration at home plate two years later.

In 2008, Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano threw baseball’s first neutral-site no-hitter when he blanked the host Astros in a game moved to Milwaukee due to Hurricane Ike. A few weeks ago we got our second, since sadly zero no-hitters have been thrown by MLB pitchers at Estadio Hiram Bithorn.

Later that year, Dave Bush and four relievers combined to silence the eventual World Series champion Phillies in Game 3 of the NLDS in the first playoff game played in the Beer City in 26 years.

Jean Segura broke Baseball Reference* when he stole first base on an attempted steal of third in an April game against the visiting Cubs. One pitch later, he was thrown out trying to steal second, the base he started the mess from.

*See Sean’s explanation at the top of the boxscore page.

 

SoSH U at work Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:35 AM (#5671715)
Miller Park. Leave well enough alone.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:43 AM (#5671719)
I was scarred by watching kids hit in the batting cages there DURING THE GAME.

nice touch for pre-game, and I don't mind the ballpark distractions for toddlers.

but if you are focused enough to hit, you are focused enough to watch the damn game.
#getoffmylawn
   3. PreservedFish Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:58 AM (#5671724)
Of all the paid-for ballpark names, this one probably works the best. The title sponsor’s name is short and kind of generic, so we aren’t dealing with something that’s obviously corporate. Miller’s ties to the city run long and deep. And, of course, the team’s nickname pulls from the very industry of the brand. You could argue that Miller Park would be one of the best names for the park even if the brewery wasn’t forking over the dough for the privilege.


Well stated. Miller Park it is.
   4. BDC Posted: May 14, 2018 at 10:12 AM (#5671731)
The American-Association Brewers played at a park called Borchert Field until 1953, when County Stadium opened and the Braves moved in. Borchert was on the north side of town, on a site that now lies under I-43. Harv would have remembered it well but not many people now living would have much memory of those Brewers or the ballpark; it's been 66 years.

Borchert (named after a Brewers owner) was in operation from 1888 through 1952, making it extremely venerable as ballparks go. It was clearly much-remodeled and at some point, I reckon, substantially fireproofed. The 1891 major-league AA Brewers played there very briefly, but the 1901 AL Brewers did not (they played at a short-lived park called Lloyd Street Grounds). Negro and AAGPBL clubs played at Borchert.

Borchert is the kind of name that would suit this "taking back" project well if anybody outside of Wikipedia remembered it :(
   5. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 11:29 AM (#5671794)
Uecker does a good job talking about Borchert Field. That said, not much to discuss here. I like the mythology of how Miller Brewing (now MillerCoors) has a direct pipeline of beer running from the brewery to the ball park. The Brewery and its property are nearly adjacent to Miller Park extended parking lots to the N-NE.
   6. jmurph Posted: May 14, 2018 at 12:26 PM (#5671861)
The owner is Molson now, right? I got lost in all of the big beer mergers.
   7. BDC Posted: May 14, 2018 at 12:31 PM (#5671868)
mythology of how Miller Brewing (now MillerCoors) has a direct pipeline of beer running from the brewery to the ball park

They could route it directly into the urinals and eliminate the middlemen.
   8. Bote Man Posted: May 14, 2018 at 12:59 PM (#5671908)
I imagine everyone here knows that County Stadium was the actual filming location of Major League since there was some dispute with the unions or Cleveland about working in the Mistake By The Lake. Ueck must've been right at home in that booth.

Miller Park works for me. I don't know enough about Milwaukee to think of any better alternative.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 14, 2018 at 01:06 PM (#5671917)
I don't know enough about Milwaukee to think of any better alternative.
Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers were coming here as early as the late 1600s to trade with the Native Americans. Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land."
   10. BDC Posted: May 14, 2018 at 01:37 PM (#5671954)
I think one of the most interesting aspects of Milwaukee is the fact that it's the only major American city to have ever elected three socialist mayors.
   11. puck Posted: May 14, 2018 at 03:34 PM (#5672093)
Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers were coming here as early as the late 1600s to trade with the Native Americans. Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land."


I was not aware of that.
   12. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 04:50 PM (#5672167)
I will accept the Miller Park name because of its direct relationship with the team's moniker. Though to me it will always be Pilots Park.

Maybe Selig's Swamp? Or FALSE Stadium, an acronym for Former American League Stadium, Everyone? I know, I know, PIN numbers and ATM machines . . . .
   13. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: May 14, 2018 at 05:41 PM (#5672207)
Miller Park. This is one of the best corporate named ballparks out there. It's an iconic company for a key (THE key?) industry in Milwaukee.

If you want another suggestion.....

Bob Uecker Ballpark

But I'd go with Miller. Sounds like others would, too.
   14. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 07:25 PM (#5672271)
40+ years ago, it was a much more important brewery town. Miller, Pabst, Schlitz and Blatz and with Heilmann in La Crosse it was the nation's key brewing center. It was also a dominant manufacturing hub. Allis chalmers, Ladish, Briggs and Stratton, ao smith, Allen Bradley, now Rockwell automation, harnischfeger, Johnson controls, etc.
   15. jmp Posted: May 14, 2018 at 07:33 PM (#5672276)
Largest employers in Milwaukee:

COMPANY PRODUCTS/SERVICES EMPLOYMENT HEADQUARTERS LOCATION
Aurora Health Care Health care system 25,700 Milwaukee
Ascension Wisconsin Health care system 14,500 Milwaukee
Froedtert Health Health care services 9,700 Wauwatosa
Kroger Co./Roundy's Food distributor & retailer 8,300 Milwaukee
Kohl's Department stores 7,800 Menomonee Falls
Quad/Graphics Commercial printing and print management 6,800 Sussex
GE Healthcare Technologies Medical imaging & information systems 6,000 Waukesha
Medical College of Wisconsin Medical school 5,500 Wauwatosa
Northwestern Mutual Life insurance & investment services 5,000 Milwaukee
ProHealth Care Inc. Health care system 4,800 Waukesha
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Pediatric health care services 4,500 Wauwatosa
WEC Energy Electric & natural gas utility 4,300 Milwaukee

link
   16. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 08:33 PM (#5672302)
I think one of the most interesting aspects of Milwaukee is the fact that it's the only major American city to have ever elected three socialist mayors.


The last of which, Frank Zeidler, overlapped almost perfectly with McCarthy's terms as senator. I would love to know more about that dynamic. Wisconsin politics in a nutshell I suppose.

Anyway, I definitely vote for "Miller Park". Nobody in Milwaukee would ever think of it as anything other than that even if the Brewers actually changed its name.
   17. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 11:03 PM (#5672407)
It's not that the true socialist revolutionaries didn't exist in early 20th C Milwaukee, its just the brand of socialist was a wee bit different in Milwaukee. They were called 'Sewer Socialists' for their bent on more social public works, such as their rather ambitious combined sewer system built in the late 19th century and into the early 20th. There were sizable immigrant populations from several pro-socialist nations in Milwaukee.

All three of the Socialist mayors of Milwaukee still have a few parks/bridges/schools in their name. Daniel Hoan who was the mayor around 1916 until WWII has the Hoan Bridge named after him which extends I 794 south of downtown arching massively over the former Mayor Henry Meier Summerfest grounds. Emil Seidel was the first Socialist mayor, and then Frank Zeidler after WWII (his brother Carl was mayor, resigned to join the War, and died) bookended Hoan pretty much. Meier then was elected in 1960 and was mayor until 1988. I don't think a Republican has been elected mayor since 1906. I don't remember in my lifetime any Republican winning on the ballot in any city/countwide office until Scott Walker won the County Exec. seat after a massive pension scandal.

Victor Berger was a mainstay in Congress as a Socialist for some time. It was LaFollette that had more of a clash with McCarthy than Zeidler, although I will admit to not being as sharp on Zeidler's non Milwaukee focused efforts. Zeidler kept going strong organizing Socialist causes after he was out of office. He challenged Mayor Maier several times. I saw him at the Hyatt in Milwaukee for a Green Party convention in 2004. Our company was hosting an event there at the same time. It was an unusual scene. A bunch of financial services folks along side Zeidler and the Green Party. I had neighbors which were socialists, in the 90s. He was from Austria, she was from Poland. Very nice couple.

Meanwhile, the Republican party was founded in Ripon, WI in 1854. It is quite an interesting state for politics, always has been.

Don't forget, the late Republican George Petak (of Racine), cast the deciding vote in the State Senate to approve the sales tax increase which largely paid for Miller Park. He was recalled. (Wisconsin loves recall elections). I remember the humungous ovations he got during 'Racine Day' at County Stadium after the vote.
   18. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 14, 2018 at 11:28 PM (#5672449)
EDIT: nevermind.
   19. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 01:07 AM (#5672481)
Menard's Yards
   20. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 01:09 AM (#5672482)
(Wisconsin loves recall elections)

And Golden Fleece Awards.
   21. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: May 15, 2018 at 01:08 PM (#5672685)
Millioke Park
Menomonee Valley Field
Three Bridges Stadium
   22. ajnrules Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:27 PM (#5673073)
Bud Selig Stadium
   23. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:44 PM (#5673195)
Bud Selig Memorial Stadium.
   24. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:51 PM (#5673205)
If only one construction worker had been killed in the process of building it, that would make for a good name. Wischer-DeGrave-Starr Memorial Field doesn't work at all, though.
   25. stevegamer Posted: May 18, 2018 at 04:52 AM (#5674806)
Another one with a good name. Good job picking the parks for "catch-up week."
   26. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: May 18, 2018 at 06:32 AM (#5674810)
Man, for someone i never met, i sure miss Harvey's. And, Miller Park is just fine as a name

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