John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Opening Day is almost upon us. The Milwaukee Brewers will be bringing to us exciting baseball games to watch and attend. Support our team by attending some games. We have a very beautiful baseball stadium at Miller Park. Take your family and see what major league baseball is all about. When I was younger, we used to have the Knothole Gang, and as children we got to attend the Milwaukee Braves games and sit in the bleachers. We got to see Eddie Matthews, Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, Billy Bruton, Sid Gordon, Andy Pafko, Wes Covington, Bob Buhl, Johnny Logan, Del Crandall, Red Schoendist and many other players. In 1953, the Boston Braves became the Milwaukee Braves. Fred Miller, from Miller Brewing Company, had planned on purchasing the Braves to stay in Milwaukee, but he and his son, Fred Jr., were killed in an airplane crash at General Mitchell Field. Later on, since Fred Miller was unable to buy the Braves due to his death, the team moved to Atlanta, Georgia in about 1963. In 1970, Bud Selig was able to bring back major league baseball to Milwaukee by buying the bankrupt Seattle Pilots and renaming them the Milwaukee Brewers. In recent years, our team left the American League and joined the National League. Let's support our team and make sure that it stays in Milwaukee. We have a good owner and a good baseball facility. Take the time to come to a game and enjoy the excitement of baseball in action.