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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas

One of my fondest recollections that I’ve had the privilege to share on my blog and on WTMJ and WISN is how, as a kid, my dad would sneak me into Braves and Brewers games when he worked as an usher at the old Milwaukee County Stadium.

When discussing the Braves, one has to remember that the team had an almost Packer-like grip on the city that savored a love affair with a ball club never seen before. That’s why their departure to Atlanta was so devastating.

I recall my Uncle Harry, my mother’s brother buying an album for my brother, Greg:


The album was ahead of its time, a documentary chronicling the team’s success and popularity from the minute it left Boston. Braves announcers, the beloved Earl Gillespie and Blaine Walsh were the narrators on the recording that featured a ton of play-by-play clips.

One of the memorable portions was a day the Braves made baseball history.

JUNE 8, 1961.

The Braves were on the road facing the Reds in Cincinnati at Crosley Field. Hard to believe, but Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn was getting battered 10-2 when the Braves stepped to the plate in the top of the 7th inning.

Slugger Edie Matthews slammed a home run. Next up was Hank Aaron. He, too, hit one out. So did Joe Adcock. And then Frank Thomas.

Four batters. Four consecutive homers. It had never been done before in major league history.

If you listen to GO GET ‘EM BRAVES, with the Braves playing away, the silence is deafening as each blast is hit out of Crosley Field (The Braves still lost 10-8).

To hear the Braves radio play-by-play of that day, click here, then scroll down and click on "Milwaukee Braves Side Two," then scroll 19:45 in.

Five more times the record was tied after the Braves sterling performance, and then last night at Miller Park, the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks were in town to face a Brewer squad that desperately needs pitching. However, its management decided to make zero moves prior to the trading deadline, ensuring the team will not make the playoffs.

The Diamondbacks teed off on Brewer pitcher Dave Bush, and how.

The D-Backs made franchise history Wednesday night with four straight home runs against the Brewers. Clockwise from top left: Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds, Stephen Drew, and Adam LaRoche.

The D-Backs made franchise history Wednesday night with four straight home runs against the Brewers. Clockwise from top left: Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds, Stephen Drew, and Adam LaRoche. Photo: Arizona Central

Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew all hit solo homers with one out off Brewers right-hander Dave Bush.

It just doesn’t seem right. Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds, and Stephen Drew being mentioned in the same breath as Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas. But they made us reminisce once again about those great Braves teams and the huge emotional attachment they had with our city.

A young Henry Aaron. Earl Gillespie on the radio. The tepee in the bleachers. Our last World Series title. Sneaking under the turnstiles and roaming through the stadium. Getting autographs.

Ken Burns, eat your heart out.

For some great memories, click here to hear the entire GO GET 'EM BRAVES  album.

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