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Pitcher Bob Humphreys‘ input was extremely important as I started doing research for my Milwaukee Brewers historical book, so I decided to create a full-length profile for him.
Humphreys was born in Covington, Virginia on August 18, 1935. He loved baseball and basketball, playing both sports in high school and Hampden-Sydney College. He lettered in both sports in college, but decided to pursue baseball as a career.
With the Hot Stove League heating up and baseball’s winter meetings happening soon, Milwaukee Brewers fans are wondering what could possibly be on General Manager David Stearns’ holiday shopping list. To take a look at what Stearns might do during the remainder of the offseason, first let’s recap what roster moves have happened so far and what holes need to be plugged.
Presumptuous of me, isn’t it?
Often in life we’re asked to do things we really don’t want any part of. “Honey, can you take the garbage out and while you’re at it, fix the garage door, mow the lawn, and wash our cars by hand?”
Life’s good when we’re asked to do something we really want to do. “Hey bud, I just scored free tickets for Sunday’s game. Wanna go?”
Recently I was asked to do something fun – play the “what would you do this offseason if you were GM of the Brewers” game.
As I started doing research for my Milwaukee Brewers book, I was grateful that Lew Krausse from the original 1970 team took the time to answer some questions about his career.
Lew Krausse was born on April 25, 1943 in Media, Pennsylvania. His father Lew Sr. was a baseball pitcher and that certainly influenced the younger Krausse in making a career choice.
My blog officially launched on October 9, 2015. To celebrate one year of operation, I have compiled a retrospective post that details many of my posts in each category from the past year. The blog is heavily focused on the Milwaukee Brewers with categories for 2016, historical stories, and my Brewers book in progress. You’ll also find current thoughts, writing archives, and other features.
If you want to easily revisit something you enjoyed, or want to check out something you missed, you’ll find it through the link below. Thanks for supporting me this past year!
The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers were on the road for the final week of the 2016 season, starting with three games in Texas and then three games in Colorado. Milwaukee took the first game of the Texas series, 8-3, and then fell 6-4 and 8-5. They started off with a 4-1 loss to the Rockies and then rebounded to go undefeated in October, winning Saturday and Sunday in extra innings by scores of 4-3 and 6-4. Milwaukee finished the season in fourth place in the NL Central with a 73-89 record, 30.5 games behind the division-winning Chicago Cubs.
As the 2016 season comes to a close, a number of players will hang up their cleats and put their playing days behind them. This week I’m rewinding 40 years to the late career and retirement of one of baseball’s greatest players.
Hank Aaron played his final major league baseball game on Sunday, October 3, 1976. At age 42 and after 23 years of baseball, Aaron held 11 major league records. His career had come full circle as the home run king ended up in Milwaukee where he started out back in 1954 in a Braves uniform. While some things remained the same with Hammerin’ Hank, much had changed in his final seasons.
The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers were at home this past week to face the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates went to work with wins by scores of 6-3 and 4-1. The Crew salvaged the series with a 3-1 win, and then took game one of the Reds series by a score of 5-4. Cincinnati won the two remaining games to close out the weekend. Going into Monday’s action the Brewers are still in fourth place in the NL Central with a 70-86 record, 29.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs. I predicted a 71-91 record this year. With six games left I hope they win a few more and prove me wrong!
The last pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the Milwaukee Brewers was left-hander Teddy Higuera back in 1986. His 20th and final win came on September 25th that year – 30 years ago this week. Only two other pitchers have won 20 or more games in a season for the Brew Crew, and both came prior to Higuera’s fantastic year. Mike Caldwell won 22 games in 1978 and Jim Colburn won 20 in 1973.
The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers kicked off last week with a three game series in Cincinnati. They dropped the first two games by scores of 3-0 and 6-4, but rebounded with a convincing 7-0 win. Next up was Chicago with the Cubs on the threshold of clinching the NL Central division title. Milwaukee put their celebration on hold with a 5-4 win on Thursday night, but that was only temporary until St. Louis lost later in the evening. The Crew went on to win the four game series, three games to two. Going into Monday’s action the Brewers are still in fourth place in the NL Central with a 68-82 record, 26.5 games behind Chicago.