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Former Milw. Braves honored at Miller Park

Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews and former Milwaukee Braves outfielder Felix Mantilla were added to the Braves Honor Roll on Tuesday afternoon at Miller Park during an afternoon ceremony. Mathews’ son, Eddie Jr., were on hand for an event organized by the Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association. 

Next time you’re at Miller Park, stop by the exhibit on the ballpark’s field level, to the third base side of home plate. It’s worth the time. 
Some photos follow, but I also wanted to pass along this clipping from the April 14, 1953 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, from one of my colleagues here at Miller Park. It arrived in doorsteps the morning after baseball’s ’54 Opening Day, when Mathews hit a pair of home runs in a loss to the Reds in Cincinnati. 
Irving Vaughan’s game story is tremendous. Here’s a taste:

Cincinnati, O., April 13 — Milwaukee’s Braves, surprising second place finishers in last year’s race, didn’t get away from the post suitably in their 1954 opener at Crosley field today.

In a daffy free-for-all, marked by 13 doubles because the crowd of 33,185 overflowed the playing arena, the Redlegs blew down Charlie Grimm’s lads, 9 to 8, by blasting two of the four enemy pitchers granted employment. 

And, along with the beating, the Braves’ Andy Pafko was beaned but, wearing a batter’s helmet, was not seriously injured, according to first reports.

Mathews Hits 2 Homers
The one thing that can be said in defense of the Braves was that they were the producers of seven of the 13 two baggers dropped among the field customers. Also that the day’s only homers were hit by Ed Mathews, the lad who padded 47 beyond reach last season. This afternoon, in his favorite shooting gallery where he registered seven bull’s eyes last year, he hit a pair, both after the Milwaukeeans had let an earlier 4 to 0 bulge escape.

The Braves started off as batting terrors by bouncing Starter Bud Podbielan into the discard inside of two innings, but Bob Buhl soon fell apart and was yanked in the fourth in favor of Chet Nichols. Mathews’ first homer put Nichols in a tie, but he was routed in a three-run sixth, Rookie Ray Crone and Lew Burdette keeping things orderly therafter.
For the rest, you’ll have to head to the Tribune archives. 
Here are some photos from the event, courtesy of Brewers photographer Scott Paulus:
Felix Mantilla
Eddie Mathews Jr.
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Final Milwaukee Braves manager passes away

Bobby Bragan, the last man to manage the Milwaukee Braves, died Thursday night at home in Fort Worth, Tex. He was 92. 
Bragan managed in the Majors for the Pirates (1956-57), Indians (1958) and Braves (1963-66). He skippered the Braves to three consecutive winning seasons from 1963-65 before the franchise moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta for the 1966 season. 
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement about Bragan’s passing:
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened today by the passing of Bobby Bragan. I met Bobby when he was the manager of the Milwaukee Braves and he was a dear friend of mine for nearly 50 years.  He had a long and wonderful baseball career as a player, coach, manager and executive. 
“The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, which has supported the scholastic endeavors of more than 400 eighth graders in northern Texas since 1991, is a profound legacy for one of our game’s greatest ambassadors.  All of baseball will miss him, and I extend my deepest sympathies to his family, friends and admirers.”
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