Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark

Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark
Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark
Paperback: $26.95
392 pages, 72 b&w photos, 5 ½ x 8 ½
ISBN: 9780870207884

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Bob Buege

Play ball again with the stars of Milwaukee’s original home diamond, Borchert Field. Baseball historian Bob Buege reintroduces the famous and fascinating athletes and celebrities who dazzled audiences in Milwaukee’s venerable ballpark between 1888 and 1952—including such legendary baseball figures as the Bambino, Satchel Paige, Ty Cobb, Joltin’ Joe, Jackie Robinson, and the Say Hey Kid, Olympic heroes like Jim Thorpe, Babe Didrikson, and Jesse Owens, women ballplayers, football stars from Knute Rockne’s Fighting Irish, Curly Lambeau’s Green Bay Packers, and more, as well as celebrities from U.S. presidents to rodeo stars and scat-singing bandleader Cab Calloway.

Though Borchert Field is long gone, every page of this book takes readers back to the sights, sounds, and spectacle of its heyday. Someone lucky enough to live on Milwaukee’s near north side between 1888 and 1952 could experience the world without ever leaving the neighborhood. Nestled between North Seventh and Eighth Streets and West Chambers and Burleigh, Borchert Field was Milwaukee’s major sports venue for 64 years. In this rickety wooden stadium (originally called Athletic Park), Wisconsin residents had a close-up view of sports history in the making, along with rodeos, thrill shows, and even multiple eruptions of Mount Vesuvius.

Bob Buege is the author of The Milwaukee Braves: A Baseball Eulogy and Eddie Mathews and the National Pastime. He is president of the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association, director of the Wisconsin Old Time Ballplayers Association, and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

"This is a remarkable book. Bob Buege does a magnificent job in recreating the baseball environment as it used to be, long before domed stadiums and luxury suites. For those of us who grew up in Milwaukee during those heady days, Borchert Field was our field of dreams."

 - Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Major League Baseball Commissioner, 1998-2015

"Baseball guru Bob Buege has brought a ghost back to life. Borchert Field was shoehorned into a single block on Milwaukee's North Side, but it meant baseball -- and a great deal more - to generations of Cream City residents. Story by story, even inning by inning, Buege brings Borchert back with a scholar's attention to detail and a true fan's contagious love of the game."

John Gurda, Milwaukee historian and author

"Borchert Field is long gone, but Bob Buege has brought the rickety old stadium in a Milwaukee orchard field vividly back to life. Mantle, Mays, Durocher, Stengel, Thorpe, Nevins—so many of the great names of American sports visited this modest little place and weave through the storyline of this fascinating book."

David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi