02/20/2008 4:13 PM ET
Brewers to honor Negro League and Hispanic baseball legends
Negro Leagues Tribute and Cerveceros Day return for third year in 2008
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers today announced details for the third annual Negro Leagues Tribute and Cerveceros Day events at Miller Park this season. The announcement was made by Brewers Executive Vice President - Business Operations Rick Schlesinger.
The annual Negro Leagues Tribute, started in 2006, will take place on Saturday, July 5 when the Pittsburgh Pirates visit Miller Park for a 6:05 p.m. start time. As part of the tribute, the Brewers will wear reproductions of uniforms worn by the Milwaukee Bears, the city's 1923 representative in the Negro National League. The team played only one season before disbanding but featured some of the game's most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager Preston "Pete" Hill.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will join in by donning uniforms that will honor the Pittsburgh Crawfords, home to Negro League legends such as Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige. The Crawfords played as an independent team in 1932 before joining the Negro National League from 1933-38.
Also on this day, two former Negro League players will be inducted into the Yesterday's Negro League Hall of Fame, located at Milwaukee's Mother Kathryn Daniels Conference Center (MKDCC). Pitcher Eugene 'Dick' Scruggs (Detroit Stars and Kansas City Monarchs, 1957-58) and first baseman James 'Red' Moore (Atlanta Black Crackers, Newark Eagles and Baltimore Elite Giants, 1934-1948) will receive the honor at the MKDCC and then travel to Miller Park for pre-game recognition on the field. The Brewers, Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and the MKDCC formed a partnership in 2006 to present the Negro Leagues Tribute and support other community-based initiatives.
In previous years, the Brewers recognized outfielder W. James 'Jim' Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton into the Yesterday's Negro League Hall of Fame in 2007. During the Brewers initial Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O'Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each recognized.
The Third Annual Cerveceros Day, presented by CITGO and in partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, will take place on Saturday, September 6 when the Brewers take on the San Diego Padres at 6:05 p.m. On this day, the Brewers will take the field in jerseys with the traditional "Brewers" script replaced by the Spanish language translation "Cerveceros." The event coincides with the Chamber's annual "Fiesta Tailgate," and the ballpark will take on a Latin flair all day with bilingual PA announcements and scoreboard features, mariachi bands and much more.
On Cerveceros Day, former Brewers pitcher and current Chicago White Sox bullpen coach, Juan Nieves, will be on hand for the festivities and will be honored during pre-game ceremonies. Nieves, a native of Santurce, Puerto Rico, is the only Brewers pitcher in team history to record a no-hitter when he accomplished this feat on April 15, 1987 against the Baltimore Orioles. He spent five seasons with the Brewers from 1986-90.
Following both games, the commemorative uniforms worn by the Brewers will be auctioned off on brewers.com. The proceeds from the Bears uniforms will benefit the Yesterday's Negro League Foundation and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. The "Cerveceros" jerseys worn by the players will be auctioned with proceeds going to the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund (Mexican Fiesta), the Phillip Arreola Scholarship Fund (Hispanic Chamber) and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Scholarship Fund.
Located inside Miller Park near the Home Plate Gate on the Field Level, fans will notice two displays which include photos, artifacts and stories on the history of the Negro Leagues and Hispanic players in Major League Baseball.