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Milwaukee Admirals

The 2004 Milwaukee Admirals celebrate after winning the Calder Cup.
Milwaukee has been home to the Milwaukee Admirals since 1970. After memberships in the United States Hockey League and International Hockey League, the Admirals joined the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2001. Previously affiliated with the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks, the Admirals became the minor league affiliate of the Nashville Predators…
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Milwaukee Braves

Photograph featuring, from left to right, Joe Adcock, Eddie Mathews, Bobby Thomson, and Hank Aaron of the 1957 Braves at spring training.
The Milwaukee Braves were unique among professional sports franchises. When owner Lou Perini moved his National League baseball club from Boston to Milwaukee in March 1953, the Braves became the first major league ball club to change cities in half a century. The shift initiated a series of westward migrations by teams and provided the…
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Milwaukee Brewers

Team photograph of the 1979 Milwaukee Brewers. During this season they accumulated 95 wins, 66 losses, and finished second in the American League East.
Numerous baseball teams have used the “Brewers” moniker in Milwaukee since the 1880s. The Milwaukee Brewers (1902-1952) of the minor league American Association departed upon the arrival of the major league Braves franchise. The present-day Milwaukee Brewers joined the American League in 1970, when the Seattle Pilots relocated to Milwaukee, and shifted to the National…
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Milwaukee Bucks

Oscar Robertson, star Bucks point card from 1970-1974, dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons.
The Milwaukee Bucks joined the National Basketball Association in 1968 and won the league championship three years later—setting a record for the shortest time from entering the league to becoming world champions. The team has won thirteen division titles and played in the conference finals twice. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Junior Bridgeman, Bob Lanier, Jon McGlocklin, Sidney…
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Milwaukee County Stadium

Aerial view of Milwaukee County Stadium, looking north, taken in 1985.
  Construction began on Milwaukee County Stadium in 1950 with the hope of bringing professional baseball back to Milwaukee, but the stadium ultimately served as a multi-functional entertainment venue in the city’s industrial Menomonee Valley. Its construction was unique among Major League ballparks in two ways: it was the first one to be erected with…
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Milwaukee River

Photograph featuring a downtown view of the Milwaukee River with a boat docked in the foreground.
About 12,000 years ago, the Laurentide Ice Sheet began to retreat from northern and southeastern Wisconsin. This ice sheet, which covered most of Canada and the northern United States, left its mark on Wisconsin, cutting moraines, kettles, drumlins, and rolling hills into the state’s landscape. This glacial retreat also created Wisconsin’s many ponds, lakes, rivers,…
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Milwaukee Turners

Illustration of the 1880 Milwaukee Turners' team. This group of men competed in Germany's Fifth National Turnfest in Frankfurt and won five medals.
Turnen is simply the German word for gymnastics, but the Turner movement has been defined by its compelling combination of physical exercise, cultural activity, and civic engagement. The German-American group played a leading role in the public life of Milwaukee, especially in the late nineteenth century. At that time, an estimated one in twelve Milwaukeeans…
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Milwaukee Wave

Milwaukee Wave forward Ian Bennett dribbles the ball away from an opponent from the Baltimore Blast in 2013.
In 1984, club president Tony Ramos announced the formation of an indoor soccer franchise known as the Milwaukee Wave. The Wave have played their home games at various locations, including the Milwaukee Auditorium, the Bradley Center, and the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Although mired near the bottom of the American Indoor Soccer Association ranks for…
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Model Railroading

A crowd gathers around a large scale model railroad at the Wisconsin Hobby Exposition in Milwaukee in 1949.
Whether fabricating color-matched dirt for a layout or studying U.S. topographical reports to achieve a precise scale, model railroaders strive for accuracy and authenticity. While there are a number of cities that boast clubs and manufacturers, Milwaukee is arguably the historical headquarters of model railroading. One of the nation’s oldest model railroading organizations, the Model…
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This 1911 postcard illustrates the domed interior of the Schlitz Palm Garden, which offered patrons fine food, music, and dancing.
Beginning in rustic boardinghouse barrooms serving straight whiskey and lively conversation and evolving into multi-million dollar night clubs with state-of-the-art sound systems entertaining finely-attired patrons, nightlife in Milwaukee has changed considerably as the city has grown and its population has diversified. Nightlife—the after-dark pursuit of entertainment, liquor, social mixing, romance, and sex—is an essential aspect…
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Pettit National Ice Center

Interior photograph of the Pettit National Ice Center with international flags hanging from the rafters.
The Pettit National Ice Center hosts international speed skating competitions, offers HOCKEY and ICE SKATING lessons and leagues for children and adults, and is an official United States training site for Olympic speed skating. Since the Ice Center’s opening in 1992, all U.S. speed skaters who have participated in the Winter Olympics have competed or…
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Professional Baseball

Baseball card featuring Milwaukee minor league pitcher John Freeman, circa 1889.
Milwaukee has been an important baseball location in professional baseball since the 1870s. It has never been the hub of mid-western baseball and certainly never could be with Chicago’s close proximity. The last quarter of the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century often found Milwaukee in the thick of major league baseball…
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Professional Wrestling

A popular tag team in the 1950s and 1960s, Dick "The Crusher" Afflis is pictured with his wrestling partner, Milwaukee-born Reggie "The Crusher" Liswoski.
Professional wrestling, distinguished from other forms of wrestling by its tacit fakery and showmanship, has provided performance art for the masses in Milwaukee for more than a century. The modern American pastime emerged as a spectator sport in the second half of the nineteenth century as strongman acts in touring carnivals. These small-time shows looked…
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Robert George Uecker

Bob Uecker acknowledges the crowd at Miller Park before throwing out the first pitch to start the NL Divisional Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011.
Robert George “Bob” Uecker is best known as a Milwaukee Brewers’ radio broadcaster, but he also has gained fame as a national baseball commentator, actor, author, and commercial spokesman. Born in Milwaukee on January 26, 1935, Uecker grew up watching the minor league Milwaukee Brewers at Borchert Field and aspired to a professional baseball career.…
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Robin Yount

Photograph of Robin Yount early on in his storied twenty-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Drafted at age eighteen, Robin Yount became an everyday starter for the Milwaukee Brewers in his first season and played his entire major league baseball career (1974-1993) with the Brewers. Yount led the team to the World Series in 1982 and earned two league MVP awards (shortstop, 1982; centerfield, 1989). Collecting more hits during the…
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Roller Derby

Milwaukee's women's roller derby team, the BrewCity Bruisers, competes against the Cincinnati Rollergirls Black Sheep in 2010.
Roller derby was a sports entertainment phenomenon in the 1950s, gained a new generation of fans via television in the 1970s, and underwent a twenty-first century resurgence with a feminist impulse. As part of this third wave of organized roller derby, the BrewCity Bruisers began holding “bouts” in 2006 at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex.…
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Roller Skating

Three children roller skate down a Milwaukee street in this photograph from October 1943.
From 1900 through the 1940s, Milwaukee’s well-to-do often laced up their roller skates for an evening of “fashionable amusement” at the local skating rinks, most notably the Riverview and the Palomar. The former, overlooking the Milwaukee River on North Avenue, offered ladies’ instruction in both plain and fancy skating in the afternoon and hosted the…
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Runners line up at the start of the Briggs & Al's Run and Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in 2008.
Numerous annual races serve as fundraisers for local charities and organizations. One of the largest of these, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, has raised over $14 million since its first running in 1977. The Milwaukee County Zoo’s Samson Stomp & Romp was first run in 1981; its proceeds benefit…
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Sandlot Baseball

Photograph of the 1912 Kosciuszko Reds, a popular  baseball team gathered outdoors.
From the turn of the twentieth century until the years immediately following World War II, grassroots baseball built around local teams and leagues was an important participatory and spectator sport in Milwaukee and in other major northeastern and midwestern cities. Operating below the level of full-fledged professionalism, the game played by these teams was commonly…
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Given its strong connection to German culture, Sheepshead lessons and tournaments are a featured attraction at Milwaukee's annual Germanfest.
Sheepshead is a popular American card game that originated in Central Europe during the eighteenth century. In the middle of the nineteenth century, the first major wave of European immigrants arrived in the United States. While the city of Milwaukee attracted immigrants of all kinds, Germans quickly became the largest immigrant population in the city;…
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