Although many baseball fans look forward to its springtime rituals, Chuck Hildebrand’s passion for baseball spans all seasons. A professional sportswriter who also was a teacher and youth baseball coach, Chuck has authored a new book, Sad Riddance, about the 1965 Milwaukee Braves in the year before their move to Atlanta. His life’s legacy now includes an endowment to support the Milwaukee Panther baseball team. He established the endowment last year and has also made a provision in his will for an additional gift to his fund.
A native of California and graduate of San Jose State University, Chuck began spending his springs and summers in Milwaukee in 2007 and moved there fulltime and permanently in 2016.
He quickly realized that, as the only university in Wisconsin with an NCAA Division I baseball program, UWM plays a unique role in promoting and perpetuating baseball for the young players and fans of all ages in this state.
“I admire the Panthers baseball team and UWM’s outstanding coaching talent,” says Chuck. “These athletes play with passion that reflects the fact that they know they’re representing their families and their communities and their state, as well as their teammates and themselves. UWM puts competitive teams on the diamond every season despite challenges that few Division I programs must face, and I want to support these efforts.”
The impact of Chuck’s endowment gift has already been felt by the baseball team and its coaches. Athletic Director Amanda Braun notes, “Our athletes were very excited when they learned that someone with Chuck’s knowledge of the game chose to support their team. His confidence in our talent, our winning attitude, and the future of our program means the world to us.”