The Richmond Standard is publishing weekly excerpts from Rodney “Alamo” Brown’s 104-page book, “If My Eyes Could Rewind: The Real Richmond, California Story.” The book offers mini-accounts on the lives of 78 people with ties to Richmond. Last week’s excerpt discussed the life of educator and former National Football League player Sylvester Greenwood. Today’s excerpt focuses on a former Major League Baseball player who is currently a coach in the league.
Dale Curtis Sveum (pronounced “Swaim”) (born November 23, 1963, in Richmond, California) is the Manager for the Chicago Cubs. He is also a retired Major League Baseball player, and former Major League Baseball Manager for the Brewers in 2008. A talented athlete, Sveum was an All-State and All-American quarterback while attending Pinole Valley High School, in addition to being a fine baseball player. Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 1982 amateur draft, he went on to play 12 seasons in MLB, hitting .236 with 69 home runs. Sveum’s best season came in 1987, when he hit 25 home runs and drove in 95 runs while batting mostly in the ninth spot in the Brewers’ lineup. On April 19 (Easter Sunday), he hit a walkoff home run at County Stadium to give Milwaukee a 6–4 victory over the Texas Rangers, their twelfth in a row. The moment is perhaps the greatest of Sveum’s career, and the game one of the most remembered in Brewers history. Later that year, he enjoyed the best single game of his career.
Addendum: Since the book’s publishing, Sveum is no longer the Chicago Cubs manager and now works as a third-base coach for the Kansas City Royals.
For more information about “If My Eyes Could Rewind: The Real Richmond, California Story,” or to purchase the book, visit rodneyalamobrown.com.