Harvey Kuenn grew up playing sandlot ball in West Allis and Milwaukee leagues. He learned the game well and went on to a 15-year playing career in the majors. He will always be best known in Wisconsin as the manager of the 1982 American League champion Brewers, dubbed "Harvey's Wallbangers."
Kuenn averaged .303 while playing for the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers. He won the 1959 American League batting title by hitting .353 for the Tigers.
He worked for the Brewers as a coach before taking over the 1982 club from Buck Rodgers. He won the Associated Press and United Press International American League Manager of the Year awards in '82.