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Da Crusher Statue Celebrates A Milwaukee Legend

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Constructing Da Crusher statue, which will be unveiled in South Milwaukee on June 8.

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You may know the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but how about the man? Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski was a pro-wrestler from South Milwaukee, whose career spanned from the 1950s through the 80s. His tagline, “The man who made Milwaukee famous,” was a nod to his character, which was pure Milwaukee.

“Da Crusher” was a blue-collar, beer drinking man who ate Polish sausage and came on stage to polka music. This persona is part of what endeared him to Chris Smith, a South Milwaukee native and the organizer of a project seeking to build a statue in honor of Crusher.

"Very famously he would say his workout consisted of running along the shores of Lake Michigan with a keg of beer on his shoulders and when his workout was over, the keg was empty," says Smith. 

Much to Smith’s surprise, the project quickly reached its funding goal and the statue is set to be unveiled in downtown South Milwaukee on June 8.

Joy Powers hosts and produces Lake Effect. She joined WUWM in 2016.