Davey Nelson, former Cleveland Indians coach, broadcaster, dies at 73

Lloyd Doyle
April 23, 2018

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Davey Nelson, a member of the Brewers family since 2001 and a former Major League All-Star infielder, passed away Monday, April 23 after battling a long illness.

The Brewers said that Nelson died Monday after a long illness.

Nelson served on the board of directors for Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa, an organization that serves as a home to over 50 children who are either orphaned or do not have a stable family situation. He played in the majors for 10 seasons and made the AL All-Star team in 1973 with the Texas Rangers.

Nelson, who will forever be remembered in Cleveland as the first base coach on the Tribe's two World Series teams in the mid-1990s, moved to the radio broadcast booth as part of a three-man team with Tom Hamilton and Mike Hegan from 1998-1999.

After his playing career, Nelson worked in coaching roles with several organizations before joining the Brewers in 2001 as a minor league instructor.

Nelson played 10 years in the majors from 1968-77 with Cleveland, Washington (later Texas) and Kansas City.

Nelson also had coaching stints with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians and the Montreal Expos.

During his all-star season with the Rangers in 1973, Nelson hit.286 with 24 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 48 RBI, 71 runs scored and 43 stolen bases with.325 on-base, .378 slugging and.703 on-base plus slugging percentages.

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