Former Milwaukee Brewers coach and broadcaster Davey Nelson, who also played ten years in the major leagues, died this morning after a long battle with cancer, the team announced today.
“Davey took every opportunity to turn a casual introduction into a lifelong relationship, and his legacy will live on in the positive impact he had on the lives of so many people,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger in a statement on the team’s website. “Davey’s love of life and commitment to helping those in need were second to none, and we are so grateful for the time that we had with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of those who loved him.”
Nelson played infield from 1968-77, making the All Star Game as a member of the Texas Rangers in 1973.
Nelson joined the Brewers in 2001 as roving minor league outfield instructor and became the Major League club’s first base coach in 2003. In 2006, he moved into a broadcasting as a FOX Sports Wisconsin analyst and front office role for the organization. Prior to joining the Brewers, Nelson spent time with the White Sox, A’s, Expos and Indians in coaching roles.
The team requests that any memorial gifts be made to Open Arms Home for Children, an organization that serves as a home to over 50 children in South Africa who are either orphaned or do not have a stable family situation. Nelson served on the board of directors of the organization. Donations can be made online at openarmshome.com.