Baseball and Glove

Oct. 5, 1957

Four years removed from Boston, the Milwaukee Braves were ready to host their first World Series games against the Yankees.

The Yankees were, shall we say, underwhelmed with Suds City.

A good-sized gathering of Milwaukee folks, led by a honcho from the mayor’s office, gathered at the train station ready to greet the Yankees. A nice, homey expression of midwestern charm that left the visitors from Gotham sneering.

The Yankees, led by manager Casey Stengel, who once managed the old minor league Milwaukee Brewers, went directly from the train to the busses. Albert Davis, the mayoral assistant, called out, “Gentlemen, whether you know it or not, you’ve been welcomed to Milwaukee.”

Each Yankee was going to receive a booklet entitled “Milwaukee, USA.”

The consensus among the New Yorkers: Milwaukee’s greeting was bush league.

The Braves won the Series in seven games.

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