Brewers pay homage to '48 in series finale

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Brewers and Twins turned the clock back all the way to 1948 on Thursday at Target Field, which was temporarily renamed Lexington Park, the longtime home of the American Association's St. Paul Saints.

The Brewers wore the uniforms of the 1948 Milwaukee Brewers, a familiar name to be sure but a team technically not related to the current Brewers franchise. That club was the farm team of the Boston Braves and played at Borchert Field under manager Nick Cullop. Thus, the throwback uniforms echoed the longtime look of the Braves franchise: red, white and blue, though a brighter version of blue than the navy the team adopted in the 1950s.

In the other dugout, the Twins dressed in the royal and gray threads of the Saints, a former Minor League subsidiary of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Saints and Brewers were American Association rivals, and in 1948 future Hall of Famer Roy Campanella led the Saints to a third-place finish, one slot behind Milwaukee.

The Twins seemingly did not miss a trick in their throwback efforts -- in addition to renaming Target Field for a day, mascot TC Bear wore a Saints cap and jersey, scoreboard graphics reflected the new team names and logos, and the grounds crew wore jackets bearing the Lexington Park name.

The early reports from the Milwaukee clubhouse were generally positive regarding the uniforms. Ryan Braun liked the variety and the break in routine provided by the change.

"They look pretty cool; I always enjoy wearing a different type of uniform," Braun said. "I think it gets a little boring and monotonous wearing the same thing all the time."

But manager Ron Roenicke offered a dissenting opinion. Milwaukee's old-school manager said he was not a fan of the potential for distraction or discomfort for players accustomed to a routine.

"I'm not a good person to ask these questions on the [uniforms]," Roenicke said. "Once in a while is fine, but there's too much of it.

"I wouldn't want to pitch in it," he added. "I think the pitcher's probably got the biggest uncomfortable feeling. He's got to pitch and all of a sudden his pants are up to [his knees] that takes him out of really what he's comfortable with."

Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.