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Milwaukee Brewers in History

Events in Sport

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1900-03-16 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles

Founder of Baseball's American League Ban Johnson
Founder of Baseball's American League
Ban Johnson
  • 1901-12-03 At the MLB meeting, the Milwaukee Brewers franchise is officially dropped from the American League and replaced by the St. Louis Browns
  • 1965-08-12 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc applies for a NL franchise
  • 1969-10-02 Seattle Pilots' last game in Seattle; crash to 98th season loss, 3-1 to Oakland in front of just 5,473; move to Milwaukee as the Brewers next season
  • 1970-04-01 Federal Bankruptcy Referee Sidney Volinn declares MLB's Seattle Pilots bankrupt; car dealer Bud Selig buys franchise for $10.8 million and moves club to Milwaukee (Brewers)
  • 1970-04-07 MLB Milwaukee Brewers (former Seattle Pilots) 1st game, lose to Angels 12-0
  • 1972-05-12 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)
  • 1972-05-13 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
  • 1973-09-22 Baltimore Oriole Al Bumbry hits 3 triples vs Milwaukee Brewers
  • 1974-06-19 KC Royals pitcher Steve Busby throws his 2nd career no-hitter; beats Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0
  • 1974-07-07 Milwaukee's Don Money sets MLB record for consecutive errorless games at 3rd base (78) in Brewers 8-5 win v Twins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-11-02 Atlanta Braves trade then MLB home run king Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Dave May

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1975-04-11 Hank Aaron returns to County Stadium as a Milwaukee player after his off-season trade from the Atlanta Braves; Brewers beat Cleveland Indians, 6-2
  • 1975-06-12 Hank Aaron smacks his first home run in Milwaukee since 1965 as his new team, the Brewers beat Oakland A's, 9-7
  • 1976-04-10 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • 1976-10-03 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron singles in his last MLB at-bat & drives in his 2,297th run as Milwaukee Brewers lose, 5-2 v Detroit Tigers
  • 1977-05-22 Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game HR record of 11
  • 1978-04-09 Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam)
  • 1979-09-05 Oakland A's pitcher Matt Keough beats Milwaukee Brewers, 6-1 for first win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 18 defeats (1 shy of the MLB record 19)
  • 1979-09-30 Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout
  • 1980-05-04 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
  • 1981-10-03 Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos clinch their first-ever postseason appearances; Brewers beat Detroit, 2 - 1, for AL East title; Expos defeat NY Mets, 5 - 4, for NL East second playoff spot
  • 1981-10-07 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • 1981-10-11 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • 1981-11-03 Milwaukee Brewers future Baseball Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers (6-3 record, 28 saves and 1.04 ERA) wins American League Cy Young Award, with 22 of 28 possible 1st-place votes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981-11-11 LA Dodgers starter Fernando Valenzuela becomes first MLB rookie to win a Cy Young Award; Milwaukee Brewers' Rollie Fingers takes AL Award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • 1982-08-21 American MLB Milwaukee Brewers' relief pitcher Rollie Fingers becomes 1st pitcher to get save #300
  • 1982-10-03 Center fielder Robin Yount homers twice as Milwaukee whips Baltimore, 10-2 at Memorial Stadium to win the Brewers only AL East Championship
  • 1982-10-10 MLB American League Championship: Milwaukee Brewers beat California Angels, 3 games to 2
  • 1982-10-20 St Louis Cards beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 3 in 79th World Series

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1982-11-03 Pitcher Pete Vuckovich becomes Milwaukee Brewers' second consecutive American League Cy Young Award winner; edges Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles; Vuckovich, 18-6 with 105 strikeouts and 3.34 ERA

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • 1982-11-09 Brewers' Robin Yount wins AL MVP unanimously
  • 1984-05-09 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • 1985-05-20 Indians-Brewers game at Cleve Stadium is 1st rain-out of 1985, ends record string of 458 ML games since Opening Day without a rain-out
  • 1985-06-03 Brewers draft B J Surhoff #1
  • 1985-11-14 Brewers release 39-year-old pitcher Rollie Fingers
  • 1987-04-19 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 & record 12th straight AL win
  • 1987-04-21 Brewers lose, ending AL season-opening winning streak at 13 games
  • 1987-04-21 Milwaukee Brewers lose after 13th straight victory to start season
  • 1987-08-08 Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game
  • 1987-08-17 Bunt single gives Milwaukee Brewers' Paul Molitor longest MLB hit streak of 1980's at 32 games
  • 1987-09-18 Detroit first baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #30 off Bill Wegman in 5th inning of Tigers' 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; first 40 year old to hit 30 MLB HRs in a season
  • 1988-07-27 Baseball star Tommy John commits record 3 errors on 1 play as Yanks rout Brewers 16-3
  • 1989-06-05 Toronto Blue Jays Skydome stadium opens, Milwaukee Brewers win 5-3
  • 1989-06-07 1st Baseball game to start outdoors & end indoors, as Toronto Blue Jays stadium closes roof during game at 8:48, & beat Brewers 4-2
  • 1989-09-23 Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning
  • 1989-11-20 Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Robin Yount wins AL MVP
  • 1990-07-08 Brewers beat Angels 20-7, including 13 in 5th inning
  • 1990-07-08 Trailing 7-0, Brewers tie Angels & then score 13 in 5th to win 20-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-07-31 Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan records his 300th career victory, an 11-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; 20th MLB pitcher to reach the milestone

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1990-08-27 Brewers-Blue Jays game is delayed 35 minutes due to gnats
  • 1992-05-24 Despite trailing 7-1, NY Yanks tie Milwaukee Brewers & then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game
  • 1992-05-25 NY Yankees score 9 runs before 1st out in 8th inn, beat Brewers 13-7
  • 1992-08-28 Brewers beat Blue Jays 22-2 with AL record 31 hits in 9 innings
  • 1992-09-07 Former owner and team president of the Milwaukee Brewers Bud Selig is appointed interim Commissioner of Major League Baseball; holds office until becoming official Commissioner in 1998
  • 1992-09-24 John Jaha ties record of 11 teammates to steal 10 bases (Brewers)
  • 1993-09-26 Indians win their last game at Cleveland Stadium, beating Brewers 6-4
  • 1994-04-27 Twins righty Scott Erickson no-hits Brewers 6-0
  • 1996-07-06 In a 2-0 win v Brewers, New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 20 consecutive saves en route to 24
  • 1998-03-31 Milwaukee becomes first team since the inception of the American League in 1901 to switch MLB leagues; Brewers lose first NL game, 2-1 to the Braves in Atlanta
  • 2011-10-16 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • 2020-09-13 Chicago Cubs pitcher Alec Mills no-hits the Milwaukee Brewers, 12-0 at Miller Park, Milwaukee

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1896-02-01 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1981)

Person of interestBill Veeck

1914-02-09 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 1930-03-05 Del Crandall, American baseball catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957; 4 × Gold Glove Award; Boston/Milwaukee Braves) and manager (Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners), born in Ontario, California (d. 2021)

Person of interestHank Aaron

1934-02-05 Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2021) [1]

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1934-07-30 Bud Selig, American Baseball Hall of Fame team owner (Milwaukee Brewers) and executive (MLB Commissioner 1998-2015), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1941-05-10 Ken Berry [Allen Kent Berry], American baseball player (White Sox, Angels, Brewers, Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1944-03-23 George Scott, MLB first baseman, 1966-79 (Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and 2 other teams), born in Greenville, Mississippi, (d. 2013)
  • 1952-04-29 Bob McClure, American baseball player and coach (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1955-09-16 Robin Yount, American baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits), born in Danville, Illinois
  • 1960-09-29 Rob Deer, MLB Outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1961-05-01 Charlie O'Brien, American MLB catcher (pioneered hockey style catcher's mask; World Series 1995 Atlanta Braves), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1962-03-26 Kevin Seitzer, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1963-07-03 Don August, American baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1964-12-19 Mike Fetters, Van Nuys CA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1965-07-03 Greg Vaughn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1993, 96, 98, 2001); Silver Slugger Award 1998; Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1966-05-27 John Jaha, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966-09-24 Kevin Koslofski, American MLB outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), bon in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1967-04-09 Graeme Lloyd, Australian baseball pitcher (World Series 1996, 98 NY Yankees; Olympic silver 2004), born in Geelong, Australia
  • 1967-09-12 Pat Listach, American baseball infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • 1967-11-24 Ben McDonald, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1968-02-13 Matt Mieske, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1968-04-14 Jesse Levis, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969-04-07 Ricky Bones, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers, NY Yanks), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-04-15 Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1999; Milwaukee Brewers), born in Westminster, California
  • 1969-04-16 Fernando Viña, Cuban-American infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1969-09-23 Jeff Cirillo, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1969-10-12 José Valentín, MLB infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-11-09 Angel Miranda, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-12-09 Ramon Garcia, Venezuelan pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Guanare, Venezuela
  • 1969-12-14 Dave Nilsson, Australian baseball catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 1970-09-05 Michael Potts, American pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Langdale, Alabama
  • 1970-09-22 Mike Matheny, American MLB player (Milwaukee Brewers) and manager (Kansas City Royals), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1971-02-09 Ken Felder, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1971-03-05 Jose Mercedes, El Seybo Dom Rep, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1971-05-23 Marshall Boze, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in San Manual, Arizona
  • 1971-08-09 Scott Karl, American pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Fontana, California
  • 1971-08-14 Mark Loretta, American baseball infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1974-07-21 Geoff Jenkins, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 2003; World Series 2008; Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1983-11-17 Ryan Braun, American baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984-05-09 Prince Fielder, American baseball first baseman (6 x MLB All Star, NL HR leader 2007, MLB RBI leader 2009, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Ontario, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1981-03-19 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), dies at 85

Person of interestBill Veeck

1986-01-02 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck

Person of interestHank Aaron

2021-01-22 Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), dies at 86 [1]

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 2021-05-05 Del Crandall, American baseball catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957; 4 × Gold Glove Award; Boston/Milwaukee Braves) and manager (Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners), dies at 91