On Sunday night, a Brewers’ legend passed away at the age of 73. Davey Nelson, a former all-star in-fielder for the Texas Rangers and broadcaster for the Brewers, died after a long battle with liver cancer.
Nelson’s MLB career began in 1964 when he joined the Cleveland Indians. He was also a member of the Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, and Kansas City Royals. His playing career ended in 1977, but soon after he began coaching.
In 1980, Nelson accepted a coaching position with TCU’s baseball team. Shortly thereafter, he found himself coaching with the Chicago White Sox. He spent the next 30 years as an assistant coach with the Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, and Milwaukee Brewers.
Nelson spent the 2001 season with the Brewers as a minor league outfield instructor. In 2003, Nelson was back with in the major league when the Brewers promoted him to first base coach.
Davey worked his way onto the camera when he became a pregame analyst for Fox Sports Wisconsin for the Milwaukee Brewers.
The former All-Star was also on the board of directors for Open Arms Home for Children, a non-profit organization that provides homes to orphaned children affected by AIDS in South Africa.
Nelson was a lot of things for the MLB. He was a great player, a coach, and a storied broadcaster. Nelson was one of the few that had seen multiple sides to the game.
Watching Brewer’s games will not be the same without his iconic voice.