Brewers former coach, broadcaster Davey Nelson dies at 73

NOW: Brewers former coach, broadcaster Davey Nelson dies at 73

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Davey Nelson, a member of the Brewers family since 2001 and a former Major League All-Star infielder has died.

According to a press release from the Brewers, Nelson was battling a long illness. He died Monday at 73-years-old. 

“Davey took every opportunity to turn a casual introduction into a lifelong relationship, and his legacy will live on in the positive impact he had on the lives of so many people. Davey’s love of life and commitment to helping those in need were second to none, and we are so grateful for the time that we had with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of those who loved him.” Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger said in a press release.

Nelson played in the MLB for 10 years as an infielder with the Indians, Senators, Rangers and Royals. He joined the Brewers in 2001 as a minor league outfield instructor and became the Major League first base coach for the Brewers in 2003. In 2006, he moved into a broadcasting and front office role for the team.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Open Arms Home for Children are being accepted in his memory.

The press release states there will not be a formal memorial service. A private celebration of Nelson’s life will be held later this spring.

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