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ESPN Wisconsin's Steve Haywood died Sunday after a lengthy battle with a variety of ailments.
By DREW OLSON
The sports world – at least our little corner of it here at ESPN Wisconsin – got a little quieter and much more somber when Steve Haywood died Sunday morning at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee.
Haywood, who was 48, had long battled a multitude of health problems, including Type 2 diabetes, which claimed both of his legs, cardiomyopathy, gastroparesis and kidney problems.
“He had every right to be bitter, but instead he handled all of his issues with grace and laughter,” said Bill Johnson, who co-hosted “The Game” with Haywood.
"I think he was in a lot more pain than he ever let on to any of us. He went through it with a smile and with laughter. I hope nobody has to go through what Steve did the last 15 years of his life. If you do, and you can do it the way Steve did, I’ll tip my cap to you."
Several times in recent years, Haywood overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and lengthy hospital stays and always emerged with a smile, a few pointed opinions, some questions about the local teams and a plan to return to the airwaves.
“Either I’m too ornery to die, or the man upstairs has something big planned for me,” Haywood would say visits to the Milwaukee studios.
“As soon as I get stronger, I’m going to get back behind a microphone and start writing blogs and stir things up again. That’s what I do.”
Haywood, a Milwaukee Tech graduate who went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, was fixture on the Milwaukee sports radio scene since the late 1990s. In addition to “The Game,” he hosted his own show, “That Being Said,” and worked a number of high school football and basketball games, which provided a platform for his beloved City Conference.
He also had a passion for the Milwaukee Bucks, and was one of the more respected voices in the local media.
“Steve distinguished himself with his passion, knowledge and relationships with his beloved Milwaukee Bucks, and the city of Milwaukee,” said Craig Karmazin, the founder and CEO of Good Karma Brands.
“In doing so, he created a partnership between ESPN Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public Schools, which brought attention and advocated for student athletes throughout the city.
“He will be missed.”
Haywood was a beloved teammate, mentor and friend both inside and outside the ESPN Wisconsin family. Throughout his ordeals, he would send texts and e-mails to teammates offering congratulations, encouragement and news tips he gathered through a network of trusted sources.
“Steve went through so many health problems over the years but he always kept fighting and always kept a great attitude,” said Milwaukee Admirals president Jon Greenberg, who was working as media relations director for the Brewers when he met Haywood during the mid-1990s.
“Steve was never afraid to challenge those in the sports world. He knew his stuff and those he interacted with in the press box or the locker room knew they were talking with someone they could trust and respect. I know I respectedhim immensely and I always enjoyed our conversations.”
As a broadcaster, Haywood was known for his pet phrases and love of sports debates, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good argument,” he would say, usually after expressing an out-of-left-field opinion that riled listeners.
“He could be infuriating, but always in an endearing way,” Johnson said. “He brought the best out of me, professionally and personally. I have the fondest possible memories of Steve.
"My natural move on a day like (Sunday) would have been to call Steve and find out what he thought of the Brett Favre Packers Hall of Fame induction last night. It's one of those things where you pick up the phone and you can't make that call any more. I'm going to miss him."
Funeral arrangements are pending. Stay tuned to ESPN Wisconsin for details.
Here is a video of a story Fox 6 Milwaukee did on Steve in 2013:
The Brewers selected outfielder Trent Clark with the 15th overall pick.
ESPN Wisconsin staff
The Brewers selected three players on the first day of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. And, they felt like they were all "value" picks -- meaning the Brewers felt all three players slipped down the board and Milwaukee was lucky to get them.
Here is info from the team's official draft press release:The Brewers made three selections during day one of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The team selected outfielder Trent Clark (Richland High School-Texas), left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby (University of Virginia) and right-handed pitcher Cody Ponce (Cal Poly Pomona University) with the 15th, 40th and 55th picks, respectively.
The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.
Clark, 18, batted .552 with 3 HR, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases during his senior season at Richland (TX) High School. He bats left-handed and plays center field. He was scouted by area scout KJ Hendricks and national crosschecker Steve Riha.
Kirby, 21, is currently a junior at Virginia, going 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 10 starts. He has produced 75 strikeouts in 59.1 innings pitched and has held opponents to a .233 batting average, helping to lead the Cavaliers to the College World Series. He was scouted by area scout Dan Nellum.
Ponce, 21, is currently a junior at Cal Poly Pomona, going 5-3 with a 1.44 ERA in 13 starts. He was scouted by area scout Josh Belovsky. The Draft will resume (Tuesday) at 12 p.m. with rounds 3-10. Day three of the Draft will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with rounds 11-40.
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