Brewer broadcaster Davey Nelson has passed away at age 73. The former player and coach was a familiar face and voice on pre- and post- game telecasts, and had joined the broadcast booth as a commentator on occasion as well.
“Davey took every opportunity to turn a casual introduction into a lifelong relationship, and his legacy will live on in the positive impact he had on the lives of so many people."— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 23, 2018
The Milwaukee Brewers mourn the passing of Davey Nelson:https://t.co/zATFyJsYMx pic.twitter.com/8OZoMZK0n0
JSO writer Tom Haudricourt added this:
Davey Nelson wore a lot of hats for #Brewers. He was longtime member of FS Wisconsin crew but also was club's director of alumni relations and led the club's speakers bureau as well. Was also 1B coach from 2003-06. Struck down by cancer at 73. RIP.— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 23, 2018
Caitlyn Moyer, Brewers Director of New Media and author of Cait Covers The Bases, wrote this in the above referenced post:
Nelson served on the board of directors for Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa, an organization that serves as a home to over 50 children who are either orphaned or do not have a stable family situation. His annual golf tournament has helped raise significant funding for the organization.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Open Arms Home for Children are suggested for those looking to honor Davey’s memory. Contributions can be made online at openarmshome.com.
Davey Nelson’s career spanned ten seasons, and he had a career slash of .244/.305/312 for an OPS of .618. He stole 187 bases and played for Cleveland, Washington (AL), Cincinnati, and Texas, mostly at second, short, and third. He was an All Star with the 1973 Texas Rangers.
The writing staff at Brew Crew Ball adds their prayers and sympathy to all of Davey’s friends and family. His contributions to baseball and beyond will be missed.