Friday, July 9, 2010

i’m writing this so i can remember this joke….

as told to me by Bruce Alexander (with some of my own observations and inclusions)

As a kid growing up, there were these great beer commercials about how beer could make you a man’s man, and that everyone deserved the best and seeing the world and all that stuff. 

At the time, Schlitz, which is no longer in business, built a campaign around the slogan, “Schlitz, the beer that made Milwaukee famous.”  Now the joke.

It seems there was a pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves (the Braves were in Milwaukee those days) named Mel Famey.  And, it is told he liked to down a few Schlitz beers between each inning during games to quench his thirst.

On one particular hot and humid day, Mel was downing more than normal and it began to affect his performance.  He began to start walking batter after batter, until finally, the manager had to yank him from the game.  He was drunk.

After that, it was said by the winning manager when asked why they won, “Schlitz, the beer that made Mel Famey walk us.” (say it out loud)

OK, this is not a true story.


  1. Tom,
    you clearly did not have enough Schlitz in you the other night.
    It was Mel Famey who was the pitcher who threw down 2 to 3 beers between innings. And it was the manager of the winning team who said, "How'd we win tonight's game? Credit goes to Schlitz, the beer that made Mel Famey walk us."
    It's a fun joke, and probably works best with the verbalizations that you can bring to the table.

  2. I kept thinking, Mel Farley, is that right? Glad for the correction, or your joke would never be told properly. It is now fixed.

  3. Even as a Canadian (and a blonde) I got it.
    CUTE ONE! -Brenda-

  4. I can find no Mel Famey in the MLB archives.

    1. Wow...

      You are a bright one, aren't you?

  5. When I tell the joke, I usually say that the pitcher was named Millard Fillmore Famey, after the late not-so-great president. Or, as he's more popularly known, Mill Femi.

  6. In the version of the joke I heard, the pitcher was Milton Famey. It was the beer that made Milt Famey walk us.