Long before the Braves moved south, drafted Brian McCann and became the self-appointed arbiters of baseball etiquette, they represented the city of Milwaukee. And on this day in 1957, they brought Milwaukee to baseball's biggest stage.
56 years ago today the Braves played the Yankees in the first game of the 1957 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Left fielder Wes Covington went 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run but it was not enough as New York claimed a 3-1 victory. Warren Spahn was roughed up for all three runs on seven hits over just 5.1 innings.
Fortunately, the first game did not decide the series. The Braves won four of the next six games to claim Milwaukee's first World Series championship.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 2004-05 Brewer Victor Santos, who turns 37.
- 1985-88 Brewer Ernie Riles, who turns 53. We covered his birthday in this space last year.
- 1973-76 Brewer Kevin Kobel, who turns 60.
- 1973-75 Brewer Bob Coluccio, who turns 62. We covered his birthday in this space two years ago.
- 1964-65 Milwaukee Brave Mike de la Hoz, who turns 75.