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Back in 2013, Buddy Herberg was wrapping up his college baseball career as a catcher with the Cardinal Stritch Wolves, and thinking about life after school.

Two years later, Herberg is playing semipro baseball and occupying the rest of his time with what used to be a hobby – making wooden baseball bats.

What first started in the basement of his dad's firehouse in 2009 has turned into a growing business that brings in orders of up to twenty-five bats a day.

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Sometimes less is better. The simplicity of life. The Jesuits for example embrace the thought in their spiritual journey. It clears the clutter and helps one focus on the heart of the matter. Maybe St. Ignatius was thinking old school baseball when he came up with the idea. He certainly would have enjoyed himself this past weekend at Henry Aaron Field.

I’m talking Panther pride. UW-Milwaukee’s 3 game sweep of the Youngstown State Penguins.

Even if you’re not an avid watcher of baseball, you probably know about Bud Selig.

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Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel is known for its decades of hospitality along Wisconsin Avenue.  But for years, it's also been recognized for its inhospitality to some visiting sports figures.  Athletes - predominantly baseball players - have stayed at the Pfister and reported some spooky encounters with the paranormal.

ESPN The Magazine collected stories from Major League Baseball players who've experienced strange things while staying at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. And, Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviewed some players for NPR's Only A Game back in 2010. Listen here: http://bit.ly/pfisterhaunts

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San Diego Padre Carlos Quentin returns from suspension today. He’s eligible to play against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight.

Forceout

While baseball fans watch their team play, many focus on the score. One thing that is not often considered is the equipment used in the game. Brothers, catchers, and Racine-area natives Lee and Jason Jaramillo have experienced the pain that catchers have game after game of the impact a hard ball is pitched.

Just before the Brewers begin their 2013 season Monday at Miller Park, James Beckum will take the mound. The team has selected him to toss the ceremonial first pitch.

Beckum played in the former Negro Leagues, but he’s known in Milwaukee as the man who started Little League on the north side back in 1964 and - devoted himself to it ever since.

WUWM’s Erin Toner visited Beckum on his ball field in 2008 – here is the report she prepared.

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The Brewers mark their eleventh home opener today at Miller Park. For more than a decade, consumers in five southeastern Wisconsin counties have been paying a higher sales tax to build the retractable-roof stadium. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, there is now talk that the extra tax could end in five years.

Efforts to Get Black Kids Back to Baseball

Sep 12, 2008

The Milwaukee Brewers have one of the best records in baseball this season and could make the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century. What also makes the team noteworthy is that it has more African American players than most other teams. While Major League Baseball has spent $20 million trying to keep the sport alive in inner cities -- and likes to recall the days of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier -- interest among black children seems to have dwindled. But WUWM’s Erin Toner found players and supporters in Milwaukee working to reverse the trend.