Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee's Legendary Ballpark
By Bob Buege
392 pages, 72 b&w photos, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 E-book edition available.Buy
Ty Cobb, Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, Jim Thorpe, Jesse Owens, Curly Lambeau, and singer Cab Calloway -- these and many more famous athletes and entertainers crossed the same legendary home plate at Milwaukee's Borchert Field. Nestled between north Seventh and Eighth and west Chambers and Burleigh streets, Borchert Field was Milwaukee's major sports venue for 64 years (1888-1952).
Baseball historian Bob Buege reintroduces sports fans to this rickety wooden stadium (originally called Athletic Park) where, for generations, Wisconsin residents had a close-up view of sports history in the making along with rodeos, thrill shows, presidential visits, and even multiple eruptions of Mount Vesuvius.
Milwaukee's "Field of Dreams" is long gone, but every page of this book will take readers back to the sights, sounds and spectacle of Borchert Field in its heyday.
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"This is a remarkable book. Bob Buege does a magnificent job in recreating the baseball environment as it used to be, long before domed stadiums and luxury suites. For those of us who grew up in Milwaukee during those heady days, Borchert Field was our field of dreams."
- Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Major League Baseball Commissioner, 1998-2015
"Baseball guru Bob Buege has brought a ghost back to life. Borchert Field was shoehorned into a single block on Milwaukee's North Side, but it meant baseball -- and a great deal more - to generations of Cream City residents. Story by story, even inning by inning, Buege brings Borchert back with a scholar's attention to detail and a true fan's contagious love of the game."
- John Gurda, Milwaukee historian and author
"Borchert Field is long gone, but Bob Buege has brought the rickety old stadium in a Milwaukee orchard field vividly back to life. Mantle, Mays, Durocher, Stengel, Thorpe, Nevins—so many of the great names of American sports visited this modest little place and weave through the storyline of this fascinating book."
- David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi