Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A look back at "Back Yards to Big Leagues"

Over the next couple weeks, we're going to take a look back at the recently-closed exhibit "Back Yards to Big Leagues: Milwaukee’s Sports and Recreation History". It covered not only the big ones—Brewers, Packers, Bucks, Admirals—but also the many short-lived teams that peppered our city's history. Special thanks to longtime readers Mike Reschke and Cyndy Holtan for their photo assist.

The Milwaukee County Historical Society's building is stunning. Originally a bank, the marble-and-brass serve as a dignified compliment to the artifacts on display.

This kiosk welcomed visitors and let them know what to expect:

Sure you know the Bucks and Brewers, and maybe even the Braves. But, do you know the Bears, Badgers, Bavarians, and Bonecrushers? How about the Hawks, Does, Chiefs, and Chicks?

Milwaukee's sports and recreation history is exciting and extensive. There are dozens of teams and sports with a good story, all of which play a role in shaping Milwaukee social and sporting landscape. This exhibit looks at many of the people, teams, and sports that have been instrumental in shaping our sporting lives. It may not cover it all, but this exhibit will provide a new appreciation of the breadth of Milwaukee sports and recreation and how engaging in these activities, as a fan or participant, can influence the development of our community.
On the reverse, a quick shout-out to the many sponsors, including the city's current pro teams.

So, tune in tomorrow as we take a look at the exhibit itself.

First up... the Milwaukee Bears!

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