Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Today in 1944 - the Brewers Take On the Badgers

With the start of the 1944 season just ten days away, the Brewers welcomed the University of Wisconsin's varsity baseball team to Frame Field in Waukesha for an exhibition game.

Everybody knows it's a homer as the ball soars from Jim Pruett's bat toward the Fox river at Waukesha Saturday. The Brewer catcher pounded two balls into the river for round trips as Milwaukee opened its spring exhibition schedule with a 14-4 victory over the University of Wisconsin. The picture shows him hitting the second homer in the seventh innings. Wisconsin's catcher, Al Gassman, and Umpire Hack watch the ball as intently as Pruett as it rides high and far.
Based on the description, it appears that the ballfield might still be in the same place as it was seventy years ago when our Brews used it for Spring Training. Frame Park is on the east bank of the Fox River, but the diamond orientation faces the batter more or less due north, meaning it's still possible to follow Jim Pruett's lead and put a home run in the water.

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