Milwaukee Brewers (1970-2000)
Chicago White Sox (1968-1969)
Green Bay Packers (1953-1994)
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.
research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
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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.
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