“It’s the mathematical potential for a single game to last forever, in a suspended world where no clock rules the day, that aligns baseball as much with the dead as the living.” Bill Vaughn
WI Baseball Review is about spreading the love and excitement contained in the game of baseball. Throughout Wisconsin we have many great organizations that offer the game in a professional manner but without all the news coverage. Our goal is to help build awareness of these clubs, as well as demonstrating how each of them differs from one another.
On September 8, 1992, the City of Milwaukee was buzzing with Brewer fever. The team entered their match-up against the visiting Cleveland Indians with 74 wins and 63 losses. They trailed the division leading Toronto Blue Jays by just 4.5 games. Future Hall of Fame centerfielder, Robin Yount had gone 1-3 the night prior, pulling him to within 2 hits of 3,000 for his career.
I was a 15-year-old high school student that absolutely loved baseball. For as long as I could remember, baseball was always a family event. We attended games at County Stadium, making the long walk from Bluemound Road to the home plate ticket windows. We would bring a portable radio so we could listen to Bob Uecker call the action. The day before each trip, my mother would make a giant bag of homemade popcorn to bring with us.
On this night, my father and I found ourselves sitting in our favorite location, the upper deck, down the third base line. In the bottom of the first, with two on and one out, Yount hit a line drive single to right field; one to go.
For the remainder of the night, Yount would fly out (foul) to right field in the second, ground out to the pitcher in the fourth, fly out to center in the sixth, and draw a walk in the 8th. The game would end in a 7-3 Brewers victory, but my dad and I, along with over 39,500 other fans would walk out of the stadium with mixed emotions.
On our drive home we decided a return journey the next night to watch history was in order. In the bottom of the seventh inning, with Indian’s pitcher Jose Mesa on the mound, Robin Yount collected hit number 3,000 with Dad and I sitting in the upper deck, down the third base line.
Baseball is more than a game, it’s part of the fabric that makes up so much of people’s lives. Wi Baseball Review is here to help promote the game, sharing unique perspectives about teams and organizations that call Wisconsin home.
We will provide content that discusses specific game results, player highlights and stories, unique fan experiences, food offerings at different stadiums, and much more.
The game has grown, but at its core, it’s still about bringing people together and equipping them with a lifetime of memories.