31 March 2014

the brewers' groundskeeper memorial patch

gary vanden berg was the brewers' head groundskeeper for 20 years, and was with the team for a total of 30 years.  he passed away in october of 2011 during the brew crew's playoff run.  for the remainder of the nlcs, the team wore a patch with his initials on their jerseys.  you can see the patch on yovani gallardo's 2012 topps archives card
vanden berg, who passed away after a battle with cancer, was also memorialized by the major league baseball groundskeeper hall of fame, who named a trophy after him which is given to new inductees to the hall.

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