The Milwaukee Brewers are one of the classic baseball teams of the Midwest. While the Brewers name did associate with the city during the first half of the 20th century, it was noted for a minor league team in Milwaukee. When the Braves came to town for several years in the 1950’s, the Brewers were moved to Toledo. After the Braves departed for Atlanta in 1965, the city was without a baseball club. However, it took just several years before Bud Selig, the MLB’s current commissioner, would help orchestrate a move and a return of this iconic team!
In 1969, Major League Baseball expanded, and one of those new teams was the Seattle Pilots. Unfortunately, this team was horribly unorganized and limped to a wretched first season in a dated minor league styled ballpark. Sensing an opportunity, Selig moved to purchase the team and move it to Milwaukee, which was successful after the Pilots filed for bankruptcy just days before the 1970 season! With the new team on the way, the club hastily altered their jerseys and headed to Milwaukee and the Brewers were reborn!
The early years were very hard on the team that was just starting to build. Amidst a cross-country move, repeated division shifts, and a weak budget, the Milwaukee Brewers struggled on the field. In 1975, they brought veteran Hank Aaron to the team (who had formerly played in the city with the Milwaukee Braves) and his leadership helped propel the team to new heights!
In 1978, the Brewers became relevant under the leadership of new manager George Bamberger. With players like Ben Oglivie, Mike Caldwell, Gorman Thomas, and Cecil Cooper, the team constructed several winning seasons in the late 70s and early 80s. It culminated in a miraculous 1982 season in which the Brewers won the AL East division! With Don Sutton and Ted Simmons, the team finally proved capable of competing against the best.
After a dramatic ALCS to beat the California Angels, the Brewers finally reached the World Series! There they met against the St. Louis Cardinals and ended up losing in 7 games. Injuries plagued the team in 1983 and the core group began to fall apart. Since then, the Brewers went 26 years without reaching the playoffs. Though the times were tough, great moments like Juan Nieves’ no-hitter and Paul Molitor’s hitting streak of 39 games gave moments of joy to the club.
But recently the Brewers have experienced a resurgence. With a beautiful new stadium in Miller Park, the team has matched with a good run of fortune. Guys like Prince Fielder, C.C. Sabathia, and Ryan Braun helped the club back to the postseason as a wildcard team in 2008, though they would lose in the NLDS. In 2011, the Brewers again reached the playoffs, aided by Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum. They would reach the NLCS but fall to the Cardinals like they had in 1982. For the future, the team is led by Braun’s bat and can surely go the distance if they assemble a worthy squad around him. Perhaps that World Series title isn’t too far off in the future!
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