Rath: New book by SABR member Buege recounts Milwaukee’s baseball past

From Jay Rath at the Wisconsin Gazette on May 19, 2017, on SABR member Bob Buege:

Miller Park is perfection, a wonder, a technological marvel of engineering.

But, oh, for the slapdash days of bygone baseball, when grandstand fans in bleacher seats could smell the grass and taste the dust kicked up on a sunny afternoon.

In other words, any of the days when Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige played at Milwaukee’s rough and tumble Borchert Field.

“It went back to 1888, and it stood until 1952 — 64 years,” says Bob Buege, who brings the field back to life in his new book, Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark.

Largely forgotten today, Borchert Field lasted the same number of years as Miller Park and County Stadium — combined.

Read the full article here: http://www.wisconsingazette.com/entertainment/new-book-recounts-milwaukee-s-baseball-past/article_75922340-3cd8-11e7-8ed1-7f8f3aac5f0e.html

Originally published: May 23, 2017. Last Updated: May 23, 2017.