Your Favorite County Stadium Moments
The sun has set on County Stadium
We told you that we wanted to hear about some of your favorite moments at County Stadium. Here's what you had to say...
My favorite moment has to be Dale Sveum's game winner on Easter Sunday 1987. I think that information says enough for the Brewers fan. I wish I could have been there, and although I was only 6 years old at the time, I remember all about Team Streak. I was as excited as anyone else. Sveum's dinger in the tenth was probably the most famous homers, if not the most famous homer, in County Stadium history.
been to many Brewers games. My best
memories include: Nolan Ryan's 300th
win, Robin Yount's 2,999th hit, Paul
Molitor's 36th straight game with a
hit. I loved that stadium. Miller Park
had to come about, however, to keep
Bob Van Rens
It was during State Fair, I was 10 years old, and it was my first visit to County Stadium. The Braves won on an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th, 1-0. I suppose most people would have considered it a pretty dull game, but for me it was the first of hundreds of games over 34 years. Certainly not the best/favorite game I've ever seen at County Stadium, but it was the first... and it changed my life.
Players from Aaron to Yount from Spahn to Molitor. Just to be there (final home game at County Stadium) to be part of history that I will never ever forget. The thing I will remember most is leaving the stadium for the final time with the stadium pitch black and Miller Park lit up.
More of Your Favorite Moments
Ryan Dee from West Bend, WI
It was my first Brewers game at County Stadium and I was about 7 years old at the time. I remember it was Robin Yount bat day and we had pretty bad seats. I went to see the first game of a double header but then I got tired and wanted to go home, I NEVER DID THAT AGAIN. Jose Canseco hit a homer that day and since then a Brewer backer all the way! GO BREWERS!!!!!!!! :-)
David Kuehn from Cedarburg, WI
County Stadium holds many fond memories of Packer games and Brewer games. My first time at County was 17 years ago when I was about 5. Milwaukee has had to wait too long for Miller Park to be done but I know it will be worth the wait. I can't wait for my first game there.
Steve Jensen from West Bend,
Brewers vs. Yankees - Mike Caldwell & Reggie Jackson
I remember when these two guys hated each other all the time. Caldwell strikes Jackson out a lot of times and Reggie can't put up with it and started a fight.
DM formerly from Eau Claire,
April 10, 1980 vs. the Boston Red Sox
It was the bottom of the ninth on
opening day. The game was tied at 5,
and the Brewers had the bases loaded
and Sixto Lezcano was waiting his 3-2
pitch. I still remember Bob Uecker's
exact words: "Here's a drive to deep
right-center, way back goes Evans, it's
got a chance to go -- GONE! Hey, a grand
slam home run for Lezcano, Oh! what
a finish here at County Stadium! Can
you believe this today? Lezcano with
his second home run of the ball game,
a grand slammer here in the bottom of
the ninth. And the Brewers have won
this game by a score of 9-5."
Robert Danforth from Garden City, KS
I was born in Cudahy in 1964. Moved to AZ in July of '76 right after my elementary school, General Mitchell, rolled out the, then, world's largest flag at a brewer game.
Our family then moved to OK in '78
and to KS in '79. But my heart has always
been in Milwaukee. I remember seeing
Packers and Brewers games as a youth
at County Stadium. I am so glad to see
the dedication of Brewer fans enabling
that fine city to hold onto its sports
franchises. With Miller Field, the Brewers
will remain in Milwaukee and so to will
the hopes of a once youth from Cudahy.
Kurt Kunz from Wilmot, WI
May,1983 with Cecil Cooper, Robin Yount and Gumby (Jimmy Gantner)
I was participating in tryouts just before the June draft, and was welcomed there buy my childhood heroes. Had a lot of fun chatting and getting tips from some real pro's. Thanks for the memories you guys. Buy the way, the tips worked, I was drafted buy the K.C. Royals. Some day I'd like to say thanks.
Matt Bogenschutz from Sheboygan,
June 1999 vs. Minnesota Twins - Molitor's Number Retirement
It was a great feeling being in the Stadium during Paul Molitor Night even though it thundered and lightninged during the ceremony. Just seeing his number being retired in the back of center field was phenominal.
Casey Gerritsen from Waupun,
1987 - Dale Sveum and Rob Deer
On Easter Sunday in 1987 Rob Deer hit a homerun to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Then in the 10th inning Dale Sveum hit a homerun to extend the Brewers winning streak to 12 games. It was a very special moment it. I still watch old film of it. It is always just fantastic!
Doug B. from Milwaukee, WI
From 1976-2000. I saw all of the AL and most of the NL teams, so far...
My father was a worker at County Stadium for 11 years and I got to see some great moments when I was growing up. I went to Brewers and Packers games and got to see some memorable games. One day I went to County Stadium with my dad on his day off. He showed me the playing field for the first time. I always wondered what the place looked like. His co-workers were preparing the field for an upcoming game so I asked my dad if I could go onto the field. He let me and I stood on the pitchers mound and looked around. I will never forget as an 8 year old kid, standing where many famous pitchers have stood.
I also went to my 1st Brewers game that same year and saw Hank Aaron hit a home run. I didn't know why everyone was happy. I saw Bernie Brewer go down the slide from the chalet and I then understood why Milwaukee was a baseball town. My parents, family, and friends have told me their memories of the great Braves games, and how it was wonderful to be at the Stadium in the '50's.
I went to County Stadium to say good-bye to an old friend, but I am looking forward to watching games at Miller Park and telling stories of County Stadium to the younger generation. I am now 32 years old and will never forget this place where I was a witness to many events.
So long County Stadium. I will miss you, as you were with me since day one of my life. I hope you had a good time being there for us those many years! I will never forget you!
Maggie from Dousman, WI
Last year against the St. Louis Cardinals
My friend had free tickets and she took me to the game. The game was sold out and we were sitting in the general admission section in the upper grandstands. We were really excited and we made a sign so we could get on TV. It worked but that wasn't the best part. Mark McGwire hit a long ball that I thought was fair but the up called it foul. Anyways, the ball landed 2 seats away from me, and I almost got the ball. I was ecstatic that he hit the ball near me, but a little mad that I didn't catch the ball. Oh well, later that night he hit his 64th homerun of the season. I'll never forget that night.
Barbara of Milwaukee, WI
In the 50's
It didn't matter who they (the Braves) were playing, because they were the best. My dad always took me to those games. It was a great time and I will never forget those wonderful moments.
Garrett of Brown Deer, WI
I was 3years-old and it was the first time I was in County Stadium and that's when I fell in love with the Stadium and I would hate to see it demolished.
Chuck Hinze of Watertown,
It was the last year in Wisconsin for the Braves and they were playing the Mets. Warren Spahn was pitching for the Mets as he returned to Milwaukee. He was given a standing ovation for a long period of time. This gave me goose bumps.
Margaret of Milwaukee, WI
1st season of the Brewers
A group of girls from my high school decided to dedicate our summer to the new Milwaukee Brewers ball club. Since there were no Braves memories, we had no reservations and no preconceived notions about it. We decided to be die hard fans and support the team as left field bleacher bums. There is no better view of the game than from those seats.
We drank soda, ate hotdogs (dipped in secret stadium sauce, of course), bought ice cream malt cups and popcorn. It took all of one game to figure out that we not only got a fun ball club - the popcorn containers, that doubled as megaphones were imprinted with ""Win or Lose - Cheer for Your Team"" and had a large blue painted spot on them. When scratched off, it read "Seattle Pilots".
Looks like the deal we got on the team included the popcorn containers. I wonder if there were beer cups to be named later...
Brad Thompson of Laredo,
June 12,1999 - Brewers vs. Twins
It's nothing that happened on the field but being from Texas and driving up to the parking lot and seeing all the tailgating going on and the friendly crowd before the game. And then there was my first game at County Stadium - it was great! You know I'll be back for more when Miller Park opens!
Glenn Miller of Kalamazoo,
April 1955 - Braves vs. Pittsburgh
Harvey Haddux pitched a brilliant 12 inning no hitter against the Braves-only to lose in the 13th on a home run by either Joe Adcock or Del Crandall. It was so cold that night that only hundreds of fans stayed to witness a pitching accomplishment that is still talked about!
Glenn Miller of Kalamazoo,
Opening Day 1953 - Braves vs. Cardinals
After purchasing the very first ticket to the first County Stadium event (which meant a February 1953 weekend huddled against the ticket booth wall) I sat out near Billy Bruton-who thrilled everyone with his game winning hit.
Nate Giller of Osceola, WI
Every time I would make the long trip to County Stadium.
I live near the Twin Cities and have
gone to a few Twins games. Let me tell
you that there is no comparison between
the two cities. People say that the
""Minnesota Nice"" is all over Minnesota,
well let me tell you it's not. When
you go to a Twins game the people there
are very RUDE and disrespectful. It
is actually no fun to go there at all.
That is why I make the six hour or so
drive to Milwaukee to see a REAL baseball
city and setting. Every time I go to
County Stadium I get goose bumps. From
the tailgating before the game to the
tailgating after. The people at County
Stadium are the best baseball fans in
the WHOLE WORLD. I am an out of towner,
but the people there treat you like
you are their best friend. They will
share brats & beer and treat you like
one of the guys. Then you go into County
Stadium and you are in awe of its beauty
and its "perfect" grass on the field.
They also have the best brats in the
world. You can be sitting there eating
a brat and drinking a beer enjoying
the game all why at the same time you
know no one around you. Then Robin or
Paul gets a hit and the crowd goes crazy
high-five'n everyone around them. Then
all of a sudden everybody are best friends.
This type of thing is unheard of in
"Minnesota Nice" Twin Cities at a Twins
game. You are more likely to get decked
in the face than getting a high-five.
The people in Milwaukee get an A for
the best fans in the world, and also
the most friendliest. I have NEVER had
a bad experience at County Stadium,
and I very RARELY have a good one at
the Metrodome. So I guess keep up the
good work and I hope the tradition of
County Stadium caries over to Miller
P.S. I suppose you wouldn't want to chance one little letter in the name of the new park would you (M>G).
Tom Mottl of Oconomowoc,
Last Season - Brewers vs. Cardinals
After St. Louis Cardinals hit there grandslam, Darrin Jackson came up to bat with the bases loaded hit a grandslam to when it in the top of the 9th.
Dan Hayden of Orlando, Florida
July 3, 1982 - Brewers vs. Boston Red Sox
The Brewers are one of the hottest teams in baseball on a hot night in SE, WI. The Brew Crew bashed the Bo Sox behind home-runs of Molitor, Thomas, Cooper, Oglivie. The superb pitching by Pete shut out the the Sox with an ending tally of 7-0. A definitive moment from the 1982 season and why the the Brewers were AL Champions.
Ben Juech from Wauwatosa,
September 9, 1992 - Brewers vs. A's
Last home game of the season, and it was the last year of being in their old division. The Crew won to an electrified crowd and a memorable game!
Kenny from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Yanks","Robin and me","I caught a foul ball off of Robin Yount. I was only about nine years old but nothing since has generated that much excitement for me at the Stadium. I was in a different world for about a week. To top it off I ended up getting Robins auto on it, and the crew beats the hated Yanks 4-3 in ten. Robins 3000 hit is a close second.
Jerry Kuhnz from Greenfield/Fond
du Lac, Wis.
Hank Aaron was my boyhood hero. What a model athlete he was. And when he returned to Milwaukee for his last two seasons it was a thrill. I brought a small 8-mm movie camera with me on opening day, 1975, and shot every at-bat of his that game. I was sitting way up in the upper deck and could hardly see him, but that short clip of film still gives me goose bumps. It was a great day!
Mark from Greenfield, Wisconsin
September 9, 1992 - Brewers vs. Cleveland
Robin Yount came up to bat and hit a clean single to right center off of Jose Mesa. The crowd goes nuts as Robin gets his 3,000th hit!
Michael Radonski from Milwaukee,
Helmet Day 1983 - Brewers vs. Cleveland
The Brewers were trailing big after the first inning. After picking away at the lead in the seventh inning, the Brewers were on the verge of really breaking it open. Up steps Robin Yount. The crowd was shouting "MVP, MVP, MVP." Robin Yount answers with a base hit to left. The Brewers went on to win that night.
Eric Kurlinski from Eau Claire,
August 1992 - Brewers vs. Boston
Scott Fletcher hits a dramatic triple to tie the game in the 12th inning and Gumby (Jim Gantner) goes deep in the 13th to win it. Unbelievable that Gumby hits the winning blast. This is the last year the Brewers contend for a division title. Great season!
Greg Ender from Milwaukee,
Summer 1998 - Brewers vs. Atlanta
A crazed squirrel ran ferociously across the outfield, then over to Fernando Vina at second, hoping over his feet.
Brad Schroeder from Stevens
1982 Championship Game & World Series Game
Brewers vs. California Angels & St. Louis Cardinals
Cecil Cooper willing the ball to
land for game winning hit in the ALCS
Fans chanting MVP, MVP, MVP when Robin Yount came up to the plate in the World Series.
Patrick McNelis from New
Approximately 1987 - Brewers vs. Cleveland
I was visiting a friend of mine from home (NY) who was attending UW - Madison. We decided to drive over and see the Brewers. Before we even got to the ticket counter, a husband and wife stopped us and asked us if we would like free tickets to the game. They had two extra since their sons could not make the game. We said yes, of course. We proceeded to sit with them right down at the Brewers dugout. They even bought the first round of beer. Can you beat that? I'm still waiting for that to happen to me in NY. Guess I have a long wait.
Brian Kosmoski from Milwaukee,
Brewers vs. Texas
After what was a decent performance at best, Nolan Ryan won his 300th victory. I realize this isn’t a Brewer highlight but it was a great accomplishment by won of the greats of our beloved sport.