Edward Fritsch, a War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient was honored Tuesday as the newest member of the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame after garnering the most votes in the online contest held each year.
A Sheboygan man one month shy of his 91st birthday is the newest member of the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame.
Edward Fritsch, a veteran of World War II and Purple Heart recipient, was named the 15th member of the Fan Hall of Fame during a ceremony Tuesday at Lambeau Field.
Fans voted on a field of 10 finalists, with Fritsch, a season ticket-holder since the 1950s, getting the most votes.
Just a month shy of his 91st birthday, he is the second-oldest member of the Fan Hall of Fame.
“He’s been going to Packers games for well over 50 years, probably 60 years, starting when they were still playing at East High School,” Randall Pfister, Fritsch’s friend and the person who nominated him.
Part of Pfister’s nomination letter reads as follows:
On Packers home game days, Ed routinely goes to the Tundra Tent before the game and gets the autograph of the Packer Alumni player on his cap. He has filled up many caps over the years, and was surprised this year when Aaron Taylor asked him for his autograph first to thank him for his years of support. For more than 25 years, Ed has been a very regular attendee at the home games, including still going to about five of the seven “green ticket” games each year. A great sports fan, Ed can be seen wearing either Packers or St. Louis Cardinals clothing nearly every day of the year.
It was Fritsch’s father-in-law who provided him with the season tickets many years ago – tickets which at that time cost $50 for five games.
As a routine, Fritsch takes a hat to be signed before each home game by Packers alumni players. “The first one who signed my cap was Lou Carpenter. He played for the Packers at East High School,” Fritsch said in an interview at yesterday’s ceremony.
Among the prizes Fritsch will receiver are four club seats to a 2013 home game and a road trip for two to a 2013 Packers away game. His name will also be permanently displayed on the wall in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
“They’ll be coming to Lambeau Field or the Hall of Fame and see great-grandpa’s name forever, which is really a neat thing,” Pfister said at yesterday’s ceremony.
Fritsch was grateful for his newest honor and said that he was impressed with the other nine fans who were nominated: “Out of the ten that were nominated, there were some that were maybe more Packer backers than I am.”
But despite his modesty, Fritsch looks forward to another season of cheering on his Packers.
Here is the video provided by WBAY: