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07/26/05 9:30 PM ET
Notes: Walk of Fame gets two more
Former Brewers manager Kuenn headlines class
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- One managed the best season in Brewers history. The other is managing the team's future. On Tuesday, they were honored at Miller Park together. Harvey Kuenn, who led the Brewers to the 1982 World Series, and Don Money, a player on that team and the current manager at Double-A Huntsville, became the latest men enshrined into the team's Walk of Fame. It was fitting that they went in on the same night. "We were like a family," said Audrey Kuenn, Harvey's widow. "It was just the neatest group of people you ever wanted to meet. I don't think we'll ever see it again, not like it was then. Where can you find a one-legged manager that has a tavern across the street from the ballpark?" That's just what the Brewers had in Kuenn, who was hitting coach from 1973 to June 1982, when he took over for manager Buck Rogers. The Kuenns owned Cesar's Inn on 56th St. and National Ave., a tavern in the shadow of County Stadium. Harvey overcame heart and stomach surgery and the amputation of his right leg below the knee. "He fit in perfectly with us," said Money. "It was one of those special things that you never forget. Even though he was my boss, he was just like a father to me." Eleven of the 12 Walk of Fame members have ties to the 1982 club, which went 72-43 over the final four months with Kuenn at the helm and captured the American League pennant. The list includes players Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Money, Gorman Thomas and Robin Yount, general manager Harry Dalton, Kuenn, president Bud Selig and broadcaster Bob Uecker. The only other member is Hank Aaron, part of the Walk of Fame's inaugural class. Kuenn, who passed away in 1988, inherited a 23-24 club that had struggled under Rogers, who tended to over-manage, according to Gantner, and used too many trick plays, according to Money. The easy-going but tough Kuenn adopted a more hands-off approach with the veteran Brewers, and the rest is history. "Harvey was so easygoing and so different that things just took off," said current Brewers manager Ned Yost, a backup catcher on the '82 team. "He just let them play." After the Brewers lost the 1982 "Suds Series" to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games, Kuenn managed the 1983 Brewers to an 87-75 record and was replaced the following season by Rene Lachemann. Kuenn also played 15 Major League seasons for five clubs and finished with 2,092 hits and a .303 lifetime average. Money played 11 of his 16 Major League seasons in a Brewers uniform and was a four-time All-Star for Milwaukee. He still holds Major League records for consecutive errorless games (88) and consecutive errorless chances (261). He began managing the Brewers' Class A club in Beloit in 1998, before being promoted to Double-A Huntsville this season. "He does a nice job with them," Yost said. "We've had all our young guys go through him and he's had them all ready to go top the next level. That's what you do as a Minor League manager and he's done that in great fashion." Out of action: Money confirmed that Double-A starter Manny Parra's season is over. The left-hander, who has experienced ongoing shoulder soreness, was sent to Arizona and doctors are trying to determine the source of soreness. Parra was 5-6 with a 3.96 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 91 innings pitched. "He went back there where the weather's warm, and we'll just see what's going on," Money said. "He's back in Arizona and they'll decide which way they want to go with him." Welcome back: The current series features Brewers shortstops of the last three seasons. Royce Clayton, who manned short in Milwaukee in 2003, now plays short for Arizona and Craig Counsell, who grew up in nearby Whitefish Bay, Wis., and played for Milwaukee in 2004, is the D-Backs' second baseman. Clayton and Counsell were bridges to J.J. Hardy, who is enduring his share of ups and downs as a rookie this season. Clayton was especially helpful as a mentor to utility infielder Bill Hall, and Counsell worked with Hardy in Spring Training last season. "We were trying to change the way we were doing things, and both of those guys were top-notch professionals," Yost said of Clayton and Counsell. "They played the game hard, they worked hard, and they're both classy guys. The set really good examples." He'll take it: Derrick Turnbow's outings of late have been pretty uneventful. After pinning down his 21st save on Monday night, Turnbow had retired the last 20 batters he faced, spanning seven outings. He had converted his last 15 save opportunities. "I like the boring ones," catcher Damian Miller said. "I'm sure he does, too." On deck: In a matchup of former Washington Nationals pitchers, Brewers right-hander Tomo Ohka (6-5, 4.05 ERA) will face Diamondbacks right-hander Claudio Vargas (3-5, 5.81 ERA) in Wednesday's series finale. The Diamondbacks claimed Vargas off waivers on June 3 and the Brewers acquired Ohka in a trade with Washington one week later.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.