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BREWERS TIMELINE
1970-1975 | 1976-1982 | 1983-1990 | 1991-1997 | 1998-Present
Timeline
   

For 31 years, the Milwaukee Brewers battled the competition at County Stadium, housing such greats as Hank Aaron, Jim Colburn, Robin Yount and Rollie Fingers. Miller Park, their new state-of-the-art ballpark, opened its doors April 6, 2001, with President George W. Bush and Commissioner Bud Selig on hand to deliver ceremonial first pitches.
   
1970  -

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Milwaukee Brewers, Inc., an organization formed by Allan H. "Bud" Selig and Edmund Fitzgerald several years prior to the return of Major League Baseball to the city, the "Seattle Pilots" franchise was acquired April 1. Team renamed "Brewers" - a popular name in Milwaukee and a tribute to the city's long association with the Brewing industry.

The Brewers play their first game on April 7 as a member of the American League West before 37,237 enthusiastic fans at County Stadium as Lew Krausse drops a 12-0 decision to Andy Messersmith and the California Angels.

John O'Donoghue defeats the White Sox, 8-4, in Chicago on April 11th for the team's first win.

The 69-year-old Milt Mason, as "Bernie Brewer", goes into a trailer atop the stadium scoreboard in late June, vowing not to descend until the team draws a home crowd of 40,000, which occurs on August 16.

Tommy Harper becomes the first American Leaguer to hit more than 30 homers and steal more than 30 bases during the same season with totals of 31 and 38, respectively.

   
1971  -

Famous Frank "Trader" Lane replaces Marvin Milkes as General Manager.

Team wins first season opener on April 7, a 7-2 win at Minnesota, behind Marty Pattin.

Bill Parsons is named Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News.

Ken Sanders appears in 83 games, winning seven and saving 31. He is named Fireman of the Year by The Sporting News.

Brewers pull off a blockbuster deal during the World Series trading Pattin, Tommy Harper, Lew Krausse and Minor Leaguer Pat Skrable to Boston for George Scott, Jim Lonborg, Ken Brett, Joe Lahoud, Billy Conigliaro and Don Pavletich.

   
1972  -

Dave Bristol is fired following the Brewers 9-3 loss at Boston on May 27.

Del Crandall, a popular ex-player in Milwaukee, takes over.

Team involved in 22-inning marathon against Twins on May 12, a game in which infielder Bob Heise bats 10 times.

Skip Lockwood hurls a one-hitter against the Yankees on May 30th in Crandall's managerial debut.

Jim Wilson is appointed General Manager in October, replacing Frank Lane.

   
1973  -

Season opener is delayed four days after a 13-inch snowstorm blankets the city.

In the most exciting season to date, the Brewers put together a 10-game winning streak in June, winning 15 of 16 during this span and occupying first place as late as June 19th.

Team's new winning ways electrify Brewerland as Milwaukee cracks the million mark for the first time with a season total of 1,092,158.

New Bernie Brewer, Bonnie Brewer and organist Frank Charles make their debuts as a fun atmosphere pervades County Stadium.

Jim Colborn becomes the Brewers first 20-game winner tossing a three-hitter against New York (A) winning 5-2 on September 26 at County Stadium.

   
1974  -

Robin Yount becomes the Brewers' regular shortstop at 18 years of age.

Yount collects first big league hit, a single, on April 12, 1974, off Baltimore's Dave McNally at County Stadium.

Don Money sets an ML record playing 78 consecutive errorless contests at third base on July 7, 1974. Streak ends at 86 games.

Royals' Steve Busby hurls a no-hitter at Milwaukee on June 19, the first AL gem at County Stadium.

Jim Baumer is appointed the Director of Baseball Operations, replacing Jim Wilson, who takes over as Chief of Major League Scouting Bureau.

   
1975  -

Baseball's Home Run King Hank Aaron returns to Milwaukee.

On April 11, 48,160 salute Aaron on "Welcome Home, Henry" Day for the home opener vs. Cleveland in a 6-2 Milwaukee win.

Aaron's presence and a good start by the team helps increase season attendance to 1,213,357.

Milwaukee hosts the Major League All-Star Game on July 15 as 51,480 see the National League win, 6-3.

On September 28, the final day of the season, the Brewers announce that Del Crandall's contract would not be renewed.

1970-1975 | 1976-1982 | 1983-1990 | 1991-1997 | 1998-Present