Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today in 1944 - Opening Spring Training

Seventy years ago today, the Brewers began Spring Training. Wartime travel restrictions forced the club to relocate its spring facilities to Waukesha County, in this case a farm in Hartland:

Journal Staff
Brewers run around the barn instead of taking the traditional run around the ball park which is part of every spring training program. The first baseball players to report to Manager Charley Grimm of the Milwaukee club are shown at the Oakwood Farms, Hartland, Wis., where they began conditioning work Monday. The squad will train inside the big riding academy barn until weather permits outdoor work. Then Grimm will use Frame field at Waukesha.
I believe this site is now known as Knollwood Farm, a riding academy in what is known as "Lake Country":

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