This Year’s American Association All-Star Game Will Be at Franklin Field

There will be a two-day kick off event with a beer festival, live music and more.

Franklin Field, home of the Milwaukee Milkmen, will host the American Association of Professional Baseball All-Star Game on July 18 with the league’s top talent taking the field for a 6:35 p.m. game.

The 4,000-seat stadium, which opened in June 2019, also serves as the home field for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball program.

In addition to All-Star Game and corresponding Home Run Derby, the two-day event will kick off on July 17 with a beer festival, golf outing at the Luxe Golf Bays, live music and a variety of activities around the Ballpark Commons development, where Franklin Field is located.  



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“Hosting the American Association All-Star Game is a huge honor. We’re grateful to the owners and our commissioner for this great opportunity,” Milwaukee Milkmen owner Mike Zimmerman said. “Our fans will welcome the best players in our league, showcasing their talents in the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby and even a little golf. The entire Milwaukee Milkmen organization is excited about this big event as it’s an opportunity to showcase the entire Ballpark Commons development and the great city of Franklin.”

Founded in 2005, the American Association of Professional Baseball features 12 teams split into East and West divisions. The Milkmen are in the East Division, which also includes the Lake Country Dockhounds, a franchise based in Oconomowoc that joined the league last year.

Other American Association teams include the Cleburne (Texas) Railroaders, Chicago Dogs, Gary (Indiana) SouthShore Railcats, Kane County (Illinois) Cougars, Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers, Fargo-Moorhead (North Dakota-Minnesota) RedHawks, Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Canaries, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Goldeyes, Lincoln (Nebraska) Salt Dogs and the Kansas City (Kansas) Monarchs. 

The American Association became a partner league of Major League Baseball in 2020. As a partner league, the American Association collaborates with MLB on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the United States and Canada.

The Milkmen joined the league as an expansion franchise in 2019. After finishing in last place in their division in their inaugural season with a 38-62 record, the Milkmen captured the American Association championship the following season. 

The Milkmen made it to the championship series again last season before falling to Fargo-Moorhead three games to two. 

All-Star festivities at Ballpark Commons will include live music, Rock League Baseball Youth All-Star Game and skills workout, craft beer and soda sampling from more than 15 breweries, a par-3 golf tournament at Luxe Golf Bays, and the appearance of special guests with autograph and photo opportunities. 

There will also be specials at the Umbrella Bar, Hinterhof, Luxe Golf Bays, Blend Coffee & Cocktails, Brick Pizzeria & Ristorante and the Dog Haus, all of which are businesses located at Ballpark Commons near Franklin Field.

All-Star Game tickets will be available for purchase to the general public beginning May 30. Groups of ten or more may purchase All-Star Game tickets in advance. For more information, go to Milwaukee Milkmen’s website. 



Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.