Milwaukee Milkmen join baseball’s American Association

Written By:  •  Monday, September 17, 2018

If you’re going to have a baseball team in Milwaukee, you’d better name it for people responsible for providing beverages. The Big League Milwaukee Brewers have company in a city famous for its Harley-Davidson headquarters, its bronze statue of Arthur Fonzarelli, and its preponderance of beer and dairy products.

The newest team on Laverne and Shirley’s block is the Milwaukee Milkmen, a member of the independent American Association, home to such classics as the Saint Paul Saints, the Wichita Wingnuts, and the newly crowned champion Kansas City T-Bones.

The Milkmen announced their presence with authority today, unveiling their name and identity with a video. The nickname, of course, derives from the region’s close association with the dairy industry—Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland, after all.

The Milkmen will take the field for the first time next May, when the 2019 American Association season gets underway.


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Paul Caputo is a grown man who collects plastic ice cream helmet sundaes from minor league baseball stadiums because he likes logos that much. He is the author of the first book published by, The Story Behind the Nickname: The Origins of 100 Classic, Contemporary, and Wacky Minor League Baseball Team Names (also available on Kindle). He can be found on Twitter at @Count2Baseball and he maintains the Countdown to Spring Training on Facebook. Paul is a Philadelphia sports fan, but he's not so bad.