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Matthew J. Prigge

Matthew J. Prigge is a freelance author and historian from Milwaukee. He is the author of four books, including the forthcoming Damn The Old Tinderbox: The Gilded Age Fire that Shocked America. He wrote two weekly blogs for shepherdexpress.com on topics of local history and created the What Made Milwaukee Famous radio series for WMSE radio 91.7.

Prigge is currently working on his fifth book and engaging in a series of cozy events to promote Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City's First Century and Outlaws, Rebels, & Vixens: Motion Picture Censorship in Milwaukee, 1914-1971. In the summers, he leads sightseeing tours for Milwaukee Boat Line. He lives with his wife and their three occasionally troublesome pet rats on Milwaukee's East Side. Follow him on Twitter at @mjpmke or visit his website at matthewjprigge.com.

Although the news of John F. Kennedy's assassination spread like wildfire, one group of Milwaukee men didn't hear about it for days afterward. Read more

Milwaukee History

Cream City lost the 1948 games to stiff competition. Read more

Milwaukee History

The broadcast by Kenosha-native Orson Welles became a myth, but there wasn’t much of a recorded public panic. Read more

Milwaukee History

In the old days, Trick or Treat in Milwaukee meant vandalism and violence. Read more

Milwaukee History

The ’82 Brewers are generally regarded as the best club in franchise history – winners of 95 games and the AL Pennant, a team that finished just a few innings shy of a world title. How does that staff compare with Craig Counsell’s bunch? Read more

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It was the first multi-inning appearance for position players since 1979, when a battered Brewers club actually had more outs recorded by position players than their pitchers. Read more

Brew Crew Confidential

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Robin Yount's three All-Star appearances is the lowest for any Hall of Famer who debuted after the inception of the game. Read more

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According to the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list, which was inaugurated in 1990, the Brewers have had 50 different Top 100 Prospects over the past 28 years. Read more

Brew Crew Confidential

While Summerfest prides itself as the area’s premier summer festival, the Wisconsin State Fair regularly draws more attendees, offering a little something for almost everybody. Read more

Milwaukee History

Sogard’s inability to drive the ball this year leaves him without equal in team history. Read more

Brew Crew Confidential

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The activities that have come to define Summerfest are but a fraction of what the festival was intended to include and its overall mission. Read more

A&E Feature

The lakefront is now, perhaps more so than it ever was, Milwaukee’s front door to the world. It is a priceless natural resource that, with its complex history of fills and building, is not quite as natural as it seems. Read more

Milwaukee History

The fate of the Milwaukee River, now a scenic Downtown attraction resplendent with Riverwalk, was not always so certain. Read more

Milwaukee History

The fight between the Pettit family and the city of Milwaukee for the location of the Bradley Center. Read more

Milwaukee History

A publication party for Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee by Patrick W. Steele will be held at Zimmerman Architectural Studios on March 28. Read more

Books

The April 1960 murder of Ida Lowry was one of the most horrific crimes in the city’s recent memory. Read more

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It is a bit of an outlier on the list of Green Bay Packers home fields, but for one mediocre season the Packers played half of their home games at Marquette Stadium at North 36th Street and Clybourn Avenue. Read more

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How the "North Point Water Intake Crib" became "Love Rock," an iconic piece of counter-cultural Milwaukee. Read more

Milwaukee History

During the Brewers’ years at County Stadium, the old ballpark changed a bit. But there were proposals floated over the years for much more dramatic changes that never came into being. Read more

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Milwaukee author Matthew J. Prigge will discuss his latest book, Damn the Old Tinderbox!: Milwaukee’s Palace of the West and the Fire that Defined an Era, at Boswell Book Co. on March 19. Read more

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