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Former Brewers executive Edmund Fitzgerald — I know, right? — has died.

Sep 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Edmund Fitzgerald

Former Brewers executive Edmund Fitzgerald has died. And no, the name is not a mere coincidence.

He was the son of the insurance magnate — also named Edmund Fitzgerald — the famous ship and Great Lakes Brewing Company porter was named after. According to the Chicago Tribune, Fitzgerald the Younger played a key role in baseball as well:

Fitzgerald was one of four men who led the long fight to get another baseball franchise for Milwaukee after the Braves left for Atlanta after the 1965 season. One of the other four, Bud Selig, was a Milwaukee car salesman who became president of the new Brewers franchise and baseball commissioner. The Brewers started playing in Milwaukee in 1970 … He was a Brewers vice president and the team’s chairman of the board until 1982.

Fella, it’s bin good t’know ya!

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    So hard not to post it….so hard not to post it….

    No, I will not be flippant. Condolences to the family, R.I.P., good sir

  2. lawson1974 - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I wonder how many of your readers under 35, even get what you’re referencing.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      “I wonder how many of your readers under 35, even get what you’re referencing.”

      2. But the margin of error is +/- 2

      But ahhh, who cares about the under 35′s. Baseball is for old curmudgeonly men (intentionally trolling historio now :) )

      • umrguy42 - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Well, I am under 35, and I got it, so that’s at least one.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Still within the margin of error ;)

  3. greej1938l - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    yeah….i have no clue what this it about…just looks like your making fun of a dead mans name!?

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      This may help:

      Canada’s Greatest Songwriter, they say. Well, maybe second behind Neil Peart, eh, Craig?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Best 49 minute song ever

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Pass on both Neil Pert and Neil Young.

      • richarddansky - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Tom Cochrane shakes his tiny fist at you. He knows you’re out there.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Really? Gordon F’in Lightfoot?

      • sdelmonte - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        Stan Rogers!

      • clydeserra - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        Art Bergmann

      • nbjays - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Leonard Cohen, anyone?

      • stercuilus65 - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        ANNE F’KN MURRAY RULES, OH YEAH!

      • bigharold - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        “Canada’s Greatest Songwriter,”

        Neil Young and Sarah McLachlan mihght take exception with that.

      • cur68 - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        Mike Timmins, and it aint even close (although, Gordon Lightfoot & Neil Young be total badasses).

      • badintent - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:00 AM

        Gotta go with Allman Brothers. “you don’t love me anymore”. but Gordon got game.

      • pbastille - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        A.C. Newman

    • lawson1974 - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Its both a boat that sunk in the Great Lakes and a famous folk song

  4. clarenceoveur - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    R,I.P.

    “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down. Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee.”

    • rje49 - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      That line, I always heard it as “the pegleg named Gitchee Gumee”. Great song, but I thought maybe Gitchee Gumee was a pirate or something.

      • jwbiii - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        It’s from Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha.

      • wlschneider09 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        Which is a bastardization of the actual Ojibwe name of the lake, Gichigami.

      • jwbiii - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        As far as atrocities committed against Native Americans in the 19th century goes, missing a vowel in the spelling of a place name is way down on the list.

      • wlschneider09 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        True dat.

  5. cadillacjosh - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    An absolute staple for the acoustic bands around 50+ playing at bars.

  6. swmirdr - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    That porter is wonderful. RIP

  7. megary - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Robbie Robertson?

  8. adeedothatswho - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM

  9. cometkid24 - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Very classy. I’m sure his grandkids and the families of the dead crew members are having a big laugh over this clever column. This might have been funny on The Onion, but why is this hack job on NBCSports?

    • lawson1974 - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Get over yourself.

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