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County Stadium

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Milwaukee County Stadium (locally known as just County Stadium) was a ballpark in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1953 to 2000. It was primarily used for baseball but was used for football games as well.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location 201 S. 46th St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
Broke ground April 6, 1953
Opened April 19, 1966
Closed September 28, 2000
Demolished February 21, 2001
Replaced Borchert Field
Replaced by Miller Beer Park (2001)
Owner Milwaukee County
Surface Grass
Construction cost $5M (1953)
Architect Osborn Engineering
Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965)
Milwaukee Brewers (1970-2000)
Chicago White Sox (1968-1969)
Green Bay Packers (1953-1994)
Seating capacity
Left Field - 320 ft
Left-Center - 355 ft
Center Field - 404 ft
Right-Center - 355 ft
Right Field - 320 ft
Backstop - 60 ft

Left Field - 315 ft
Shallow Left Center - 362 ft
True Left Center - 382 ft (unposted)
Deep Left Center - 392 ft
Center Field - 402 ft
Deep Right Center - 392 ft
True Right Center - 382 ft (unposted)
Shallow Right Center - 362 ft
Right Field - 315 ft
Backstop - 60 ft

The Milwaukee Braves used the stadium from 1953 until 1965, when the franchise moved to Atlanta. The Braves' first home game, on April 6, 1953 was an exhibition contest against the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago White Sox played some "home" games at the stadium in 1968 and 1969 as part of their plan to scare the citizens of Chicago into building them a new stadium. The Milwaukee Brewers called it home from 1970 to 2000. The National Football League's Green Bay Packers played a few home games each season at the stadium from 1953 to 1994.

When it opened in 1953 it had 28,111 permanent seats and could hold up to 36,011 people. After an expansion one year later the seating capacity was increased to 43,394. Subsequent expansions raised the capacity to 53,192 in 1975 until the final game was played on September 28, 2000.

There was a chalet and giant beer mug, originally at right-center field and later at left, where mascot Bernie Brewer would "dunk" himself whenever a Brewers player hit a home run. County Stadium also gave rise to the Sausage Race, during which several anthropomorphized sausages participate in a fictional race to home plate between the sixth and seventh innings. Whoever finished first was the "wiener" and whoever finished last was the "wurst".

County Stadium has hosted two Baseball All-Star Games, in 1955, when the National League Braves played host (and won 6-5 in 12 Innings), and in 1975, when the then American League Brewers played host, and lost, 6-3. It also hosted the World Series in 1957, 1958 and 1982, as well as a league playoff in 1959 and a Packers playoff game in 1967.

The movie Major League was shot at County Stadium. Even though the movie was about the Cleveland Indians, they did use Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer (Bob Uecker) in the movie.

County Stadium!

Milwaukee's County Stadium in the Hank Aaron-era.

Postcard courtesy of LCPC

04/14/1953 Cardinals 2, Braves 3 (10 innings)
Umpires Jocko Conlan, Lon Warneke
  Augie Donatelli, Tom Gorman
Managers Charlie Grimm, Braves
  Eddie Stanky, Cardinals
Starting Pitchers Warren Spahn, Braves
  Gerry Staley, Cardinals
Ceremonial Pitch Wisconsin Governor Walter Kohler
Attendance 34,357
Batter Solly Hemus (walk)
Hit Joe Adcock (single)
Run Joe Adcock
RBI Ray Jablonski
Single Joe Adcock
Double Del Rice
Triple Bill Bruton
Home Run Bill Bruton
Grand Slam Eddie Mathews (06/02/1954)
IPHR Joe Adcock (07/07/1953)
Stolen Base Bill Bruton (05/09/1953)
Sacrifice Hit Del Crandall
Sacrifice Fly Jack Dittmer (04/18/1954)
Cycle Gary Ward (09/18/1980 AL)
Win Warren Spahn
Loss Gerry Staley
Shutout Johnny Antonelli (05/08/1953)
Save Lew Burdette (06/17/1953)
Hit by Pitch Gerry Staley hit Johnny Logan
Wild Pitch Don Liddle (05/10/1953)
Balk Billy Loes (05/20/1953)
No-Hitter Jim Wilson (06/12/1954)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet

County Stadium was demolished on February 21, 2001, and replaced with Miller Park. Although most of the stadium site is now covered with parking for Miller Park, the area where the Braves and Brewers played is still used for baseball. The site of the old field was preserved for use as a Little League field.

Related Books on Ballparks
The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
Ballparks: A Panoramic History by Marc Sandalow and Jim Sutton.
Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
Ballparks: Then & Now by Eric Enders.
Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel.
Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums by Ira Rosen.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks by Jay Ahuja
Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide by Joe Mock.
Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums by Joshua Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell.
Video: Story of America's Classic Ballparks
Video: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

Economics of Stadiums
City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums by Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums by Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist.

General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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