Brewers to honor Negro League team

Brewers to honor Negro League team

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers will continue their efforts to recognize the Negro League team that came before them in a ceremony on Monday. A plaque will be unveiled to celebrate the history of the Milwaukee Bears and mark the location of their home park, Borchert Field.

The ceremony will begin with a press conference at the Clinton Rose Center and will conclude with the presentation of the marker outside the center.

The plaque will not only mark the location of Borchert Field, but also recount a history that recognizes the field as the home for numerous professional sports teams, including the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

Originally known as Athletic Park, Borchert Field opened for baseball in 1888 and served as the home to the Minor League Milwaukee Brewers of the Western League through the 1894 season. It hosted many sporting events from 1888-1952, and was even flooded in the wintertime to allow hockey games to be played on the site.

The field will be honored Monday as the home of the Milwaukee Bears in 1923; they were the city's representative in the Negro National League that season. The Brewers honored the team earlier this season when they wore throwback uniforms during a game.

Dignitaries such as U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will be in attendance for Monday's ceremony.

Dave Fultz is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.