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Friday, February 19, 2021

Lew Krausse, who threw first pitch in Brewers history, dies at 77

Lew Krausse, who threw the first pitch in Milwaukee Brewers history, died Tuesday at age 77 of cancer, according to the Kansas City Star.

Krausse made his major-league debut at 18 in 1961, a week after graduating from Chester High School in Pennsylvania. He was nearly 27 when he was traded with Phil Roof and Ken Sanders to the Brewers before the 1970 season, the year the franchise relocated from Seattle to Milwaukee and brought baseball back to the city five years after the Milwaukee Braves departed.

Krausse went 13-18 in that first season with a 4.75 ERA, but he was part of history when the Brewers played their first game April 7, 1970 in a 12-0 loss to the California Angels at County Stadium. Krausse lasted only three innings and allowed four runs, but the outcome was secondary for the sellout crowd at County Stadium.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2021 at 11:46 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 19, 2021 at 02:10 PM (#6005859)
Angel Mangual, backup outfielder for the 1972-74 A's, also died on Tuesday. RIP to both men.
   2. salvomania Posted: February 19, 2021 at 03:22 PM (#6005880)
Angel Mangual, backup outfielder for the 1972-74 A's, also died on Tuesday. RIP to both men.

When I was a kid, my baseball-obsessed neighbor, about three years younger than me, thought his name was pronounced "Angle Mangle." (back then baseball cards, not TV, were the primary baseball-education resource for 8-year-old fans).

In the '72 World Series, Mangual started two games at CF and pinch-hit in two others; he had a walk-off pinch-hit single in Game 4 and scored the first run in the 3-2 Game 7 win that brought the Oakland A's their first championship, and the first of three straight.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: February 19, 2021 at 03:35 PM (#6005887)
At different times, Krausse and Mangual were teammates of the new White Sox manager. Krausse was a year and a half older than TLR, and Mangual was two and a half years younger.
   4. Traderdave Posted: February 19, 2021 at 03:49 PM (#6005891)
Krausse also started the first home game for the Oakland A's in 1968 AND his dad pitched for the Philadelphia A's in the 30's.
   5. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 19, 2021 at 06:25 PM (#6005912)
Juan Pizarro passed yesterday at 84.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 19, 2021 at 07:37 PM (#6005922)
What this article doesn't even mention was that Krausse was one of the most hyped rookies of the 1960's. It mentions that he made his debut at 18, but it doesn't mention that his debut drew the biggest crowd to date in Kansas City's Municipal Stadium history, and that he responded to the pressure by pitching a 3-hit shutout.

He was Charlie Finley's first "bonus baby", with a $125,000 signing bonus, but in truth after that first game he should've quit while he was ahead. He went on to have a 12 year career with 321 games, and he never had another game that matched that debut.
   7. McCoy Posted: February 19, 2021 at 08:04 PM (#6005930)
Who was the Texas phenom that signed and started on the mound and did pretty well?
   8. McCoy Posted: February 19, 2021 at 08:08 PM (#6005931)
David Clyde
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: February 19, 2021 at 11:18 PM (#6005958)
per 5:

if I had started a couple of years ago with my 1968-1974 collection of Topps baseball cards (yep, I still have 'em all) separated by a box on the left of 'live ones' as well as, er, a box on the right - well, the latter box would be buying up space from the former.

#circleoflife

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