Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Through These Eyes", 1943

On April 28, 1943, Charlie Grimm and his Brewers boarded the noon Hiawatha train from Milwaukee to Minneapolis, preparing to open the season on the road against the Millers on the following day.

Fans left behind in Milwaukee didn't have to worry about missing any of the action, according to this ad which ran in the Milwaukee Sentinel on that morning:

Amos "Red" Thisted, a World War I veteran and graduate of Marquette University, joined the Sentinel staff in 1924. He was covering golf in the summer of 1925 when he was asked to fill in as an occasional substitute covering Brewer games. His work was quickly noticed, and Red took over the Brewer beat at the beginning of the following season.

Red added the World Series to his beat, and became the Sentinel's resident expert in both baseball and all things relating to his alma mater. He traveled to the first Cotton Bowl in 1937 as Marquette's Golden Avalanche fell to TCU, 16-6.

      Thisted in 1968
Red had an amazing attendance record at the Orchard. He was there for every Brewer home game from Opening Day in 1926 through the final season in 1952, before moving his streak to County Stadium and the Braves. The streak continued through 3,282 consecutive home games, and was broken only when the Braves moved to Atlanta. Add to that the games he covered on the road, such as 1943's Opening Day in Minneapolis, and "these eyes" saw more than 5,000 Milwaukee baseball games.

Thisted was widely recognized for his work. In 1938, he was elected president of the American Association of Baseball Writers. He also served as president of the Milwaukee chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America and was on the Board of Directors of its national body. In 1952, Thisted was honored by the Old-Time Baseball Players' Association for "contributions to Milwaukee baseball." In 1960, Marquette honored him with its Byline award for outstanding achievement in journalism. Red was also selected as the official scorer for the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-62, the 1955 All-Star Game and the 1958 World Series.

Thisted retired from the Sentinel in 1968, and passed away in 1977.

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