MILWAUKEE — When Corey Hart is inducted into the Milwaukee Brewers Wall of Honor on Friday, he’ll do so having retired with the team where he spent nine years of his career.
The two-time All-Star announced that he would retire today as a member of the Brewers, before having his plaque installed at Miller Park during a pregame ceremony on Friday. The Wall, established in 2014, commemorates the careers of players and broadcasters who were influential to the team’s history and success.
The former outfielder/first baseman last played for the Brewers in 2012, amassing career numbers with the club that include a .276 batting average with 154 home runs and 508 RBIs. Five times as a Brewer, Hart logged seasons of 20 or more home runs. He also ranks sixth all-time with a .491 slugging percentage.
The Milwaukee Brewers will add two new names to the Miller Park “Walls of Honor” this season.
The team, in conjunction with the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association, announced Tuesday that former Brewers outfielder Corey Hart will be inducted into the “Brewers Wall of Honor” and former Milwaukee Braves pitcher Lew Burdette will be inducted into the “Braves Wall of Honor.”
Hart, a two-time All-Star, was in Milwaukee for nine years and batted .276 with 154 home runs and 508 RBIs.
“My life has been a complete blessing because I was a Brewer,” Hart in a statement released by the team. “My family and I will always be in forever debt because of the unbelievable experiences we had at Miller Park and the lifelong relationships we made at the park and in the community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart; I am truly honored to be inducted into the Brewers Wall of Honor.”
Burdette, the MVP of the 1957 World Series, passed away in 2007. Over his 13 years with the Braves — first in Boston and then in Milwaukee, he had an ERA of 3.53 and posted a record 179-120.
“We are very appreciative of this honor and would like to thank the Brewers and the Braves Historical Association,” said Mary Lou Burdette-Wieloszynski, daughter of Lew Burdette. “My father loved playing in Milwaukee and the encouragement from the fans meant the world to him. He often talked about the special camaraderie with his Milwaukee teammates, and he was very proud of helping bring a World Series championship to Milwaukee.”
Burdette will be inducted on Friday, May 26 when Milwaukee hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Hart will be enshrined on Friday, June 30 when the Brewers welcome the Miami Marlins to town.