I love sports memorabilia and the profiles in history of all the great athletes. My friend George Alexander Shapell and I went for a short junket to, of all places, Milwaukee last week, and discovered something amazing. Although the city itself only supports two professional sports franchises and only two championship titles, (the Milwaukee Braves won the 1957 World Series and the Milwaukee Bucks took the NBA championship title in 1971) it would be hard to find a more committed city to sports and sports history.
Fans in Milwaukee, Shapell and I found out, absolutely adore their sports heroes. Here is a list, with short profiles of their history.
• Henry Aaron: Hank Aaron played for the Braves from 1954-1965 and the Brewers from 1975 until 1976. It is well-known the “Hammerin’ Hank is the one bone fide home run king, and also one of the most well-loved athletes who called Milwaukee home.
• Ray Allen: Allen was a Buck from 1996 until 2003 when he was shipped off to the Seattle to play for the Sonics. That move resulted in the loss of many loyal Bucks fans.
• Eddie Mathews: This beloved player was a member of the great 1957 World Series team. Mathews played for the Braves from 1953 until 1965, thirteen of his 17-year career in baseball. In 1978 Mathews was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Many consider him to be one of the best third baseman to have ever played, and he finished his career with 512 home runs.