Thursday, March 14, 2019

Vintage Brew: "Spring Fever 1947"

Ok, I am officially tired of winter and since I can’t just sit here and complain, here’s a warm blast from the past to keep you focused on the warmer spring weather, which someone tells me is right around the corner.

"Spring Fever 1947"
by Paul Tenpenny
Copyright 2019 Tencentzports
Printed with permission of the Author

Our 2018 Central Division winning Milwaukee Brewers are in Arizona as I write this and are getting ready for the MLB season home opener on March 28, 2019 against the St. Louis Cardinals. I am looking forward to being there for many games this season, as well as listening to them with Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker at the mic on WTMJ radio.

WEMP Listener Magazine from 1947 (Author’s Collection)

The cold winter season always makes the fan’s hearts long for the green grass of home and by that, I mean … the green grass of the home ballpark. It was no different in Milwaukee as the 1947 Borchert Field Brewers were looking forward to the new season after finishing with a 70-78 record in the past year.

The games would be broadcast on WEMP radio. Like today, a popular former player did the play by play, Mickey Heath. “Minor” Heath played 1st base for the Brews from 1937-1940.

Schedule from WEMP magazine

Brewer fans could enjoy the game either from the popular Orchard or listen in on the broadcasts. WEMP was also planning on sharing updates on away games via telegraph.

Skipper Nick Cullup (Author’s Collection)

1947 would be a better year under the new ownership of the Boston Braves. The team improved their record to 79-75, finishing 3rd in the American Association under Nick Cullop. Good enough to gain a spot in the playoffs, they took advantage of the opportunity and went on to win it all. After besting the Kansas City Blue 4 games to 2, they beat the Louisville Colonels in the finals 4-3. The Brewers defeated the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League in the Junior World Series 4 games to 3.

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