Former All-Star infielder passes away at the age of 73
Former All-Star infielder and analyst for Fox News, Davey Nelson, passed away on April 23, 2018, at the age of 73 after a long fight with cancer.
“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 told USA Today.
Nelson joined the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001 as a roving minor-league outfield instructor, and in 2003-2006 he became a first base coach. At the end of 2006, he found a broadcasting role as analyst for FOX Sports Wisconsin, according to USA Today.
In 1964, Nelson signed with the Cleveland Indians. He spent two years with Cleveland, and he spent the next 10 years with the following teams: Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, and Kansas City Royals.
In 1972, when he was with the Rangers, he stole 51 bases, which ranked him second in the league. When he made the American League all-star team, he batted .286 with seven homers and 48 RBI in 142 games.
Nelson was also a member of the board of directors for Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa. This is an organization that gives housing to orphaned children and children who come from bad homes and children who suffer from AIDS.
“Very sad to learn of my friend Davey Nelson's passing. No one who ever met him had anything bad to say about the man. He had been suffering for a while, and now he's at peace. His enduring legacy? The boarding school in South Africa he founded for kids who were orphaned by AIDS,” Doug Russell tweeted on his Twitter.
In honor of Nelson, the family is asking people to donate to the Open Arms Home for the Children at openarmshome.com.