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Timeline

  1. 1970s
  2. 1980s
  3. 1990s
  4. 2000s
  5. 2010s
  1. 1970s

    1970
    Selig photo

    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. The team was renamed the "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
    Aaron photo

    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.

    1976

    Alex Grammas named manager because of "winning tradition." He is acquired from the World Champion Cincinnati Reds.

    Henry Aaron hits 755th and final home run on July 20 off California's Dick Drago in the seventh inning of a 6-2 Milwaukee victory.

    Mike Hegan becomes the first Brewer to hit for the cycle at Detroit on September 3.

    Billy Travers, an All-Star, wins 15 games and Jerry Augustine is named to the All-Rookie Team.

    Looking for leadership in the off-season, the Brewers acquire Sal Bando in the first re-entry draft on November 4.

    1977

    Crowd of 55,120 turns out for Opening Day in sunny 83 degree weather on April 12 to see Bill Travers lock horns with Jim Palmer in an old fashioned pitchers' duel. The Orioles edge the Brewers, 1-0.

    Cecil Cooper becomes the first Brewer to hit over .300 in four years.

    Harry Dalton replaces Jim Baumer as General Manager on November 20.

    1978

    George Bamberger, pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles, is appointed field manager on January 20.

    Milwaukee batters hit three grand slams in sweeping the opening series against the Orioles April 7 - 9.

    Moose Haas fans 14 Yankees in a single game, including Reggie Jackson four times, on April 12 at County Stadium.

    "Bambi's Bombers", a power-packed wrecking crew, leads the American League in homers with 173 and tops the loop in six other offensive categories.

    Mike Caldwell wins 22 games and becomes the first pitcher since Dean Chance in 1964 to blank the Yankees three times in one season.

    1979

    "Bambi's Bombers" continue to roll as Gorman Thomas is crowned the AL Home Run Champion with 45 roundtrippers.

    Paul Molitor hits .322 and collects a club-record 16 triples.

    Brewers streak of 213 straight non-shutout games is broken on September 30 vs. Minnesota.

    Brewers again named top state sports story by wire services.

  2. 1980s

    1980

    On March 6, George Bamberger suffers a mild heart attack, later requiring bypass surgery to correct his ailment. Bob "Buck" Rodgers assumes the role as acting manager until Bamberger returns on June 6.

    Sixto Lezcano becomes the first Major Leaguer to hit two Opening Day grand slams hitting his second April 10 vs. Boston.

    Club tops the Majors with 203 homers, 774 runs, 2,535 total bases and a .448 slugging percentage - all franchise records.

    Not since the 1948-49 Boston Red Sox has a team produced three players with 100 or more RBI in two consecutive seasons. In 1979 Gorman Thomas (123), Cecil Cooper (106) and Sixto Lezcano (101) became the first Milwaukee trio to go over 100 RBI in a season. This season, Cooper (122), Ben Oglivie (118) and Thomas (105) put the Brewers in the record books.

    Sal Bando drives in his 1,000th RBI in his hometown of Cleveland on April 29; Cecil Cooper collects his 1,000th hit on July 21 in New York; Reggie Cleveland wins his 100th game on July 25 in Baltimore; and probably the most remarkable feat of the year came on August 16, when Robin Yount becomes one of the youngest players to ever attain 1,000 hits. At the tender age of 24, Yount puts his name alongside such Hall of Fame notables as Ty Cobb and Al Kaline.

    In an effort to improve the ball club, General Manager Harry Dalton wheels and deals at the annual winter meetings, trading with the St. Louis Cardinals for All-Star Catcher Ted Simmons, steady starter Pete Vuckovich and the all-time save leader in baseball, Rollie Fingers. He also picks up third baseman Roy Howell in the Re-Entry Draft and later signs pitcher Randy Lerch, making the Brewers the team to beat in the East in 1981.

    1981

    In an interrupted season, it comes down to the first half-winners - New York - versus the second season winners - Milwaukee.

    Rollie Fingers establishes himself from the outset, earning a save in the season opener against Cleveland before an American League 1981 season-high crowd of 71,067 fans at Cleveland Stadium. His performance is unmatched as he posts a 6-3 record, a 1.04 ERA and a Major League high 28 saves in 47 appearances.

    Brewers secure first post-season spot in franchise history defeating Detroit 2-1 on October 3.

    The Brewers lose their first post-season series as they fall three games to two to the New York Yankees in the American League Eastern Division series.

    For his efforts, Fingers becomes the first relief pitcher in Major League history to win both the Cy Young Award and the Most Valuable Player Award in the same season. In addition, Rollie earns his fourth Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award, The Sporting News Fireman of the Year Award and the Joe Cronin Award for distinguished service.

    1982
    Yount photo

    The Brewers rebound from the second division and became a contender under new Manager Harvey Kuenn. Under the Brewers "only" batting coach, Milwaukee becomes known as "Harvey's Wallbangers", chalking up a 72-43 mark after June 2 and finishing with the best record in baseball at 95-67.

    In June, the Brewers win 20 of 27 games, the team sets an AL record and ties a Major League mark by blasting 35 homers over the course of 15 consecutive games.

    The Sporting News "Player of the Year," Robin Yount leads the league in four offensive categories with 210 hits, 367 total bases, a .578 slugging percentage and 46 doubles, also earning the AL "Most Valuable Player" honor from the BBWAA.

    Pete Vuckovich is named the Cy Young Award Winner in the AL with an 18-6 record, helped along by two eight-game winning streaks during the course of the campaign.

    Newcomer Don Sutton is acquired in late August from Houston and notched a 4-1 mark, but more impressively, wins the season finale in Baltimore which gives the Brewers the Eastern Division Title on October 3.

    After falling behind two games to none in the best of five series, the Brewers rallied to become the first team ever to win the League Championship Series after being down 0-2. The 3-2 ALCS victory in the five-game series gave the Brewers the AL pennant and a berth in the 79th World Series against the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

    In an exciting series labeled the "Suds Series," the Brewers and Cardinals play the full seven games with St. Louis earning the title of "World Champions" with a 6-3 victory in the series finale.

    1983

    The club surpasses the two-million mark in attendance as 2,397,131 fans go through the turnstiles.

    Despite numerous injuries, the Brewers have their sixth straight winning season, maintaining their ranking with the third best record in the Majors over the past six seasons.

    Sutton photo

    Cecil Cooper's 126 RBI sets a new club record and is tied with Jim Rice to lead the Major Leagues. Cooper also collects his 1,500th career hit and hits over .300 for the seventh straight season.

    Don Sutton fans Alan Bannister in the eighth inning of the Brewers June 24 contest vs. Cleveland recording his 3,000th career strikeout. He becomes the eighth pitcher in Major League history to reach this feat.

    Yount gets 1,500th career hit on August 25 with a double in the fifth inning off Tommy John of the California Angels.

    1984

    First season with Rene Lachemann as manager.

    Don Sutton becomes the first pitcher in Major League history to record at least 100 strikeouts in 19 consecutive seasons.

    In just 33 appearances, Rollie Fingers records 23 saves upping all-time leading save total to 324, tying Sparky Lyle for the all-time high in the AL, with 216 saves.

    In late September, Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Harry Dalton rehires George Bamberger as skipper of the 1985 Brewers.

    1985

    Cecil Cooper and Paul Molitor are named to the All-Star team - for Cooper, it is his fifth invitation while Molitor, who participates in the Mid-Summer classic in his hometown (Minneapolis), is named to his second.

    Pitcher Teddy Higuera is named The Sporting News American League Rookie Pitcher of the Year and finishes second in the Baseball Writers Association of America balloting for AL Rookie of the Year.

    Ernest Riles named to Topps All-Rookie squad and winds up second runner-up in the BBWAA voting for Rookie of the Year.

    Pitcher Danny Darwin, despite posting a dismal 8-18 record, including a club record 10 straight losses, becomes the first Brewer to register a one-hitter, two-hitter and three-hitter in the same season.

    Moose Haas becomes the first pitcher to one-hit the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in 17 seasons.

    1986

    Teddy Higuera becomes the first 20-game winner for the Brewers since Mike Caldwell in 1978. Higuera's 20-11 mark makes him the first Mexican-born pitcher to win 20 games in the AL. He posts his 20th victory on October 1 vs. Detroit.

    Robin Yount collects his 2,000th career hit on September 6 vs. Cleveland.

    George Bamberger retires before the season ends and Tom Trebelhorn becomes the fifth manager in as many years.

    1987

    Milwaukee was quickly named "Team Streak" for its brand of baseball in this season of surprises and hope.

    The Brewers jump out to a Major League record-tying 13-0 start and tie the AL record by posting a 17-1 record -the furthest into a season with just one setback.

    Juan Nieves records the Brewers first no-hitter on April 15 at Baltimore, making him the first Puerto Rican born pitcher to accomplish this feat in the Majors.

    Paul Molitor hits in 39 straight games immediately following the All-Star break, setting a club record and putting together the fifth best spree in modern day baseball, the longest in the AL since Joe DiMaggio set the Major League mark with 56 straight games in 1941.

    Robin Yount, who finishes the year with better than 100 RBI, becomes the first Brewer to cross that plateau in four seasons. Yount also collects his 400th career double.

    1988

    Upon returning to Milwaukee, the Brewers play before 55,887, yet fall to the New York Yankees, 7-1, on April 15.

    On May 28, Brewers journeyman pitcher Odell Jones nearly makes baseball history in Cleveland as he tosses 7.1 innings of perfect baseball and 8.1 innings of no-hit baseball in a 2-0 win.

    On June 12, Robin Yount becomes only the third player in Brewers history to hit for the cycle as he accomplishes the feat at Chicago in a 16-2 win.

    Paul Molitor is voted into the Mid-Summer classic by the fans as a second baseman despite playing in only one game there all season. Pitcher Dan Plesac joins Molitor on the All-Star team.

    The Brewers have 1,923,238 fans pass through the turnstiles, their third-highest total in club history.

    1989

    Rookie pitcher Jaime Navarro makes his Major League debut on June 20 vs. Kansas City.

    Dan Plesac is chosen to the All-Star team, making him the first Brewers pitcher ever to be chosen three straight times and the first Brewers player to be named three straight times since Don Money.

    Yount earns his second MVP award as the Brewers' centerfielder. He becomes just the third player in Major League history to win MVP awards at two different positions joining baseball immortals Stan Musial and Hank Greenberg.

    The Brewers name their 20th Anniversary Team as voted by the fans. Team members include: Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Sixto Lezcano, Gorman Thomas, Ben Oglivie, Hank Aaron, Charlie Moore, Pete Vuckovich, Mike Caldwell and Rollie Fingers.

    The Brewers draw 1,970,735, their third time over 1.9 million in team history.

  3. 1990s

    1990

    From April 18 - 22, the pitching staff tosses 31 straight scoreless innings, a club record.

    Paul Molitor scores his 1,000th run on May 15 at California.

    The Brewers go into the All-Star break with a bang as they wallop California, 20-7. In the game, the Brewers score a club record 13 runs in the fifth inning highlighted by Darryl Hamilton's first career grand slam.

    On July 31, Texas' Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th pitcher to win 300 games as he defeats the Brewers in Milwaukee, 11-3, before 51,533 fans, the second largest crowd of the season.

    On August 4, the Brewers draw a season high 52,198 fans to see the White Sox defeat the Brewers, 9-6.

    1991

    On May 1, the Brewers and White Sox play a marathon 19-inning contest which lasts 6:05, the longest home game in Brewers history. The Brewers win, 10-9.

    Paul Molitor becomes the fourth Brewer to hit for the cycle as he does it at Minnesota with all of the hits coming off Kevin Tapani on May 15. Molitor becomes just the third designated hitter, joining Robin Yount and Kansas City's John Mayberry (1975), to hit for the cycle.

    On June 12, Mexican heroes Teddy Higuera and Fernando Valenzuela match up for the first time in Anaheim. Higuera wins the duel striking out 10 batters for the 16th time in his career in an 8-0 Brewers victory.

    Cal Eldred wins his Major League debut as a starter on September 24 vs. New York becoming the first Brewers rookie to win his Major League debut as a starter since Rickey Keeton in 1980.

    After the season, the Brewers reorganize their front office and field personnel: Sal Bando is named Senior Vice President - Baseball Operations, Al Goldis is named Vice President - Scouting and Planning, Harry Dalton is Senior Vice President - Special Projects and Bruce Manno is Assistant Vice President - Baseball Operations on October 8.

    1992

    Chris Bosio and Cal Eldred each post club record 10-game winning streaks. Bosio wins his 10th straight September 24 vs. California while Eldred records his 10th consecutive on September 29 at Seattle.

    Jaime Navarro, the Brewers leading winner with 17 victories, does not allow a hit until a triple in the 8th inning by Steve Sax on July 17 at Comiskey Park.

    After losing the first four games of a road trip, the Brewers hammer Toronto on August 28 when they set American League records with 31 hits and 26 singles in a 22-2 trouncing of the Blue Jays. The Brewers also set club records with 22 runs, 38 total bases and a 20-run winning margin.

    On September 9, Robin Yount becomes the 17th player in Major League history to record 3,000 career hits as he singles off Cleveland's Jose Mesa in the seventh inning. Yount is the third youngest player in history to reach the 3,000 hit mark behind Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron. Yount is named the American League's Player of the Week for his accomplishments.

    After a valiant effort which captivates the imagination of the entire country, the Brewers are eliminated from the American League East race on the second-to-last day of the season when the Blue Jays finally clinch the title.

    1993

    Cal Eldred becomes the first Brewers pitcher to lead the league in innings pitched as he throws 258 frames.

    Greg Vaughn is the Brewers lone All-Star and becomes the first Brewer since 1986 to belt 30 home runs in a season.

    Robin Yount concludes his 20th Major League season. He drives in his 1,400th career run on September 12 vs. Seattle. He also registers his 200th career hit against the Minnesota Twins on April 20 to become the only player to have at least 200 hits against every team he has played against.

    Milwaukee features the first Australian pitcher in Major League history when Graeme Lloyd appears at Oakland on April 11. Lloyd and catcher Dave Nilsson, comprise the first Australian battery on April 14 vs. California.

    Milwaukee sets a club record for road attendance with 2,269,077 fans away from home.

    1994

    The Brewers celebrate 25 years in the American League. For the 1994 season, the club joined a new realigned American League Central Division with a new look, new logo, new uniforms and new faces.

    On April 27, Minnesota's Scott Erickson no-hits the Brewers, marking only the second time in franchise history that has happened.

    For the first time in four years, Milwaukee has a pitcher named to the American League All-Star team. Ricky Bones, who earns the spot, is the only player not used in the AL's 9-8 loss to the NL.

    The Brewers also set a team standard by getting at least one extra base hit in 61 consecutive games.

    David Nilsson becomes the first Brewers catcher to reach double-digits in home runs in seven years with 12 bombs.

    1995

    B.J. Surhoff enjoys his finest year in the big leagues, playing six different positions and being named American League Player of the Week once and sharing the award on another occasion.

    Surhoff also reaches a couple of career milestones - playing in his 1,000th game in a Brewers uniform and picking up his 1,000th hit as a Brewer.

    Mike Fetters once again anchors the Milwaukee bullpen, converting his first 15 save opportunities to increase his consecutive save streak to a club record 20.

    On August 19, Governor Tommy Thompson, Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament, Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and Brewers President Allan H. "Bud" Selig unveil a $250 million financing plan for a new Brewers Stadium.

    Governor Tommy Thompson signs the Stadium Bill into law in the centerfield parking lot at County Stadium on October 12 assuring Wisconsin would remain a Major League State for the next 30 years.

    1996
    Miller Park photo

    David Nilsson makes Brewers history on May 17 when he hits two home runs in the sixth inning against the Twins in Minnesota. Nilsson becomes the first Milwaukee player in club history, the 29th player in Major League baseball history and the 12th player in American League history to hit two homers in an inning.

    Greg Vaughn is the Brewers lone representative at the All-Star Game in Philadelphia, but is unable to play in the game due to food poisoning.

    John Jaha compiles a .300 average to go with 34 home runs and 118 RBI. Jaha becomes the first player to hit at least .300 with 30 homers and 100 RBI since Cecil Cooper in 1983. He is the first player since Robin Yount in 1983 to collect at least 100 RBI and the first player since Greg Vaughn in 1993 to hit 30-or-more home runs

    Third baseman Jeff Cirillo has a breakthrough season, compiling a .325 batting average, the highest average for a second-year player in club history. Cirillo also collects 46 doubles, tying him for second with Yount (1982) for most doubles in a single season.

    On November 9, the Brewers officially break ground on Miller Park, their state-of-the-art ballpark.

    1997

    On May 7, the Brewers and Oakland Athletics play the longest 1-0 nine-inning game in Major League history. The contest lasts three hours and 20 minutes at County Stadium. Jeff D'Amico makes the start for the Brewers while Steve Karsay takes the hill for the A's.

    The Brewers play their first interleague game on June 13 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. Jeff D'Amico leads the Brewers to a 4-2 win over the Cubs, while Terry Mulholland takes the loss. Thousands of Wisconsin fans are among the 36,107 who enjoyed the victory in the first interleague contest at a National League park. The Brewers are the first American League team (other than an exhibition contest) to play in Wrigley Field since the 1945 World Series.

    Third baseman Jeff Cirillo makes his first All-Star Game appearance on July 8 in Cleveland. As the Brewers only All-Star, Cirillo is 0-1 with a seventh-inning strikeout in the game.

    Steve Woodard makes his Major League debut in game one of a July 28 doubleheader with Toronto at County Stadium. Woodard picks up his first win by tossing eight innings of one-hit ball and striking out 12 batters. He outduels Roger Clemens and ties the American League record for most strikeouts in a Major League debut set by Elmer Myers of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1915. In game two, the Brewers turn their first triple play since 1979. Alex Gonzalez grounds into a Jeff Cirillo (3B) to Mark Loretta (2B) to David Nilsson (1B) triple play in the fourth inning.

    On November 6, the Brewers, as part of Phase One of Major League Baseball's realignment plan, become a member of the National League. The Brewers transfer, the first since the American League was formed at the turn of the century, was necessary to create a 16-team National League and a 14-team American League. Milwaukee joins the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central Division.

    1998

    On April 2, the Brewers earn their first ever victory in the National League with a thrilling 8-6, extra inning win highlighted by a Jeromy Burnitz grand slam in the 11th inning.

    Rookie Geoff Jenkins becomes the first Brewers player ever to homer in his first big league game. He belts a solo homer off San Francisco's Orel Hershiser at 3Com Park on April 24. Jenkins joins Chuck Tanner (1955) as the only players in Milwaukee baseball history to homer in their first game.

    Pitcher Bronswell Patrick becomes the first Brewers hurler to swat a home run since 1971 (Skip Lockwood) on August 1 vs. Arizona at County Stadium.

    Manager Phil Garner earns his 500th victory at the Brewers helm on August 26 at Colorado. He is the only skipper in team history to reach that milestone.

    Fernando Vina and Jeff Cirillo combine for 392 hits for the season, the most by Brewers teammates since 1989 when Paul Molitor and Robin Yount combined for 389.

    1999

    Jose Valentin becomes the third Brewer in franchise history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game on July 1 at Wrigley Field with a two-run homer off Dan Serafini in the fourth and a second two-run blast off Scott Sanders in the ninth.

    For the first time since 1982, the Milwaukee Brewers have two players represent them at the Mid-Summer Classic as Jeromy Burnitz and David Nilsson are both selected by National League manager Bruce Bochy. Burnitz becomes the first Brewer to compete in the Century 21 Home Run Derby finishing second to Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. Burnitz also becomes the first Brewer to make a start in the Mid-Summer Classic since Paul Molitor was the American League's starting second baseman in 1988. Burnitz makes the start in left field due to Tony Gwynn being sidelined with an injury.

    Tragedy strikes Miller Park when a crane collapses, killing three on July 14. This set back construction of Miller Park by a year.

    Robin Yount becomes the first player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in a Brewers cap on July 25.

    Jeromy Burnitz receives National League Player of the Month honors for July.

    Bob Wickman eclipses the Brewers single season saves record previously held by Doug Jones with his 37th save on September 21 in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Pittsburgh.

  4. 2000s

    2000

    In Davey Lopes' managerial debut, the Brewers record their first tie in club history after the season opener at Cincinnati is suspended with the score knotted at three apiece following six innings of play.

    The Brewers and Cubs close out a wild four-game series in marathon fashion tying the National League record for a nine-inning game as the final out is recorded after four hours and 22 minutes of play.

    Tyler Houston becomes the sixth player in franchise lore to leave the yard three times in the same game. Houston's career high three home runs and six runs batted in lead to a 10-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on July 9 closing out the first half.

    The Brewers and Cleveland Indians complete a seven player trade bringing first baseman Richie Sexson, pitchers Paul Rigdon and Kane Davis, and a player to be named later (Marcos Scutaro) to Milwaukee in exchange for pitchers Jason Bere, Bob Wickman and Steve Woodard prior to their game against Colorado on July 28.

    An 8-1 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds on September 29 is not enough to take away from the finale as a crowd of 56,354 is treated to an appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist, Ben Sheets, and a 100-minute ceremony emceed by Bob Uecker. Some of the returning heroes include Hall Of Famers Henry Aaron and Warren Spahn of the Braves, Willie Davis and Jim Taylor of the Green Bay Packers and Rollie Fingers and Robin Yount of the Brewers.

    2001

    The Brewers open Miller Park in grand fashion defeating the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 with President George W. Bush and Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. "Bud" Selig on hand.

    Three Geoff Jenkins' home runs pave the way for Ben Sheets first Major League victory on April 28 vs. Montreal.

    Jeromy Burnitz becomes the second Brewer to homer three times in a game accomplishing the feat May 10 vs. Chicago (N).

    On August 29, a crowd of 24,551 helps the Brewers set a new Milwaukee baseball attendance record of 2,406,147 surpassing the previous standard of 2,397,131 set in 1983.

    Richie Sexson equals Gorman Thomas' (1979) franchise record with his 45th home run of the season on October 7 vs. Arizona. In the process, Sexson finishes second to Cecil Cooper (126 in 1983) driving in 125 runs on the season.

    2002

    Ben Sheets delivers the Brewers first win aided by home runs from Richie Sexson, Geoff Jenkins and Alex Ochoa in a 9-3 Opening Day victory on April 2 at Houston.

    Jerry Royster picks up his first Major League victory after being named interim manager on April 18 vs. St. Louis. Royster would win each of his first four contests in the interim role.

    Milwaukee is represented by two of their own in the Mid-Summer Classic for the first time since 1999 as Richie Sexson and Jose Hernandez get the nod. Sexson gives the hometown crowd something to cheer about the day before the big event advancing to the second round of the home run derby falling to eventual champ Sammy Sosa.

    Milwaukee plays host to the 73rd annual Mid-Summer Classic on July 9 at Miller Park. The third event of its kind in Milwaukee, and first since 1975, ends in a tie after both teams rosters are exhausted. Sexson goes 0-for-1 and Hernandez finishes 0-for-3.

    Richie Sexson drives in his 100th run joining Gorman Thomas (1979 & 80) as the only two righthanders in franchise history to post consecutive 100-RBI seasons.

    2003

    Geoff Jenkins' connects for his second career three-homer game on May 21 vs. San Diego overshadowing Wayne Franklin's first career complete game shutout as the Brewers best the Padres 10-0.

    Geoff Jenkins becomes the first National Leaguer to get voted into the All-Star game via the internet in the e-Topps Final Vote. Jenkins and Richie Sexson represent the club at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

    Cries for free George Webb's hamburgers echo through the streets as Milwaukee wins 10 straight games August 19 - 28 for the first time since 1988. The streak falls two shy of the magic number (12) ending the next day at Chicago (N). The streak doesn't come without a price as Geoff Jenkins fractures his left thumb.

    Richie Sexson becomes the first player in franchise history to post two 40-homer campaigns September 13 at San Francisco. Just shy of two weeks later, Sexson would equal the club record which he previously set alongside Gorman Thomas (1979) in 2001.

    In dramatic fashion, Scott Podsednik becomes the fourth rookie since 1900 to hit .300, steal 40 bases and score 100 runs joining Jimmy Barrett (1900), Shoeless Joe Jackson (1911) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) homering in his final at bat to cross the plate for the 100th time.

    2004

    Chad Moeller becomes the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle when he accomplishes the feat on April 27 vs. Cincinnati.

    Ben Sheets strikes out a club record 18 batters on May 16 vs. Atlanta.

    Milwaukee has four record-setting performances during the season as Scott Podsednik (70) sets the Brewers stolen base record, Lyle Overbay (53) sets the franchise record for doubles, Dan Kolb (39) establishes a franchise mark for saves and Ben Sheets (264) sets a new mark for strikeouts.

    Ben Sheets and Dan Kolb represent the Brewers at the All-Star Game in Houston with both pitchers throwing a scoreless inning.

    The season's final home attendance of 2,062,382 is the third largest in franchise history.

    On October 6, Los Angeles financier Mark Attanasio is introduced as the prospective new owner of the Brewers pending Major League Baseball's approval.

    2005

    The Brewers pass hands from the Selig family to Los Angeles businessman Mark Attanasio on January 13, ending the reign of the longest-tenured ownership group in baseball.

    On February 26, the Brewers sell more tickets via the Internet than they had via online, phone and in-person sales combined on any other day in the franchise's 36-year history.

    Mark Attanasio and the Brewers' new ownership group accomplish their top priority on April 15 when they sign ace Ben Sheets to a four-year $38.5 million deal — the richest contract in franchise history.

    Lyle Overbay sets a career high with five hits, including a three-run home run, and the Brewers finish off a three-game sweep by beating up on the Reds, 13-3, on May 1.

    Doug Davis twirls a seven-hit shutout and Carlos Lee drives in four runs on three hits, including the 1,000th of his career, leading the Brewers past the Twins, 6-0, on May 21.

    For the first time in six drafts under scouting director Jack Zduriencik, the Brewers move to fill an organizational need on June 7. With the fifth overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player draft, the Brewers select University of Miami third baseman Ryan Braun.

    On June 25, Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder each blast their first Major League home runs to beat the Twins at Miller Park.

    Carlos Lee and manager Ned Yost represent the Brewers at the All Star Game.

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin on August 1 picks up the 2006 option on manager Ned Yost's contract, ensuring that the 49-year-old will manage a fourth season at Miller Park.

    Geoff Jenkins and Damian Miller delivered two-run home runs in the seventh inning as the Brewers rally for a 6-5 win over the Pirates on October 1 and snap their 12-year losing streak.

    On the heels of the Brewers' best season since 1992, the club announces a three-year contract extension for GM Doug Melvin, locking up the veteran executive through 2009.

    2006

    A season of hope ended in disappointment after the team lost two-fifths of its starting rotation (Ben Sheets and Tomo Ohka) and three-fourths of its regular infield (J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks and Corey Koskie) for a significant part of the season to injuries. The team's 27-54 road mark also hurt. Bright spots included club MVP Bill Hall, who led the team with 35 home runs and 85 RBIs, and first baseman Prince Fielder, who led National League rookies with 28 home runs and ranked third with 81 RBIs.

    2007

    The Brewers led the National League Central or shared first place for 130 days and opened a division lead as wide as 8 1/2 games in June. But it slipped away beginning with the final road trip before the All-Star break, and the team missed the postseason for the 25th consecutive year. Still, 2007 will be a season fondly remembered for the break-out seasons of first baseman Prince Fielder and third baseman Ryan Braun.

    Fielder ran third in National League MVP balloting, the best finish by a Brewer since Robin Yount won the American League MVP for the second time in 1989. Fielder surpassed the great Willie Mays as the youngest player in baseball history to reach the 50-home run plateau and he improved over his rookie numbers in every statistical category including batting average (.288, up from 271 in 2006), homers (50, nearly doubling his rookie total of 28) and RBIs (119, up from 81). His walks were up 52 percent (59 to 90) and his strikeouts were slightly down (125 to 121).

    Braun, meanwhile, was promoted from Triple-A in late May and went on to win NL Rookie of the Year honors. He batted .324 and led NL rookies with 34 home runs and a .634 slugging percentage, breaking the Major League rookie record set by Mark McGwire, who slugged .618 for Oakland in 1987. Braun drove in 97 runs and stole 15 bases and he ranked in the top four among NL rookies in average, slugging percentage, extra-base hits, RBIs, runs, total bases, triples, multi-hit games, hits, batting average, stolen bases and on-base percentage.

    2008

    For the first time in 26 years, since Harvey's Wallbangers made it to Game 7 of the 1982 World Series, the Brewers won a spot in the postseason. They squeezed their way in on the final day of the regular season with a win over the Cubs behind CC Sabathia and a Mets loss to the Marlins that gave Milwaukee the National League Wild Card and a NL Division Series matchup against the Phillies. The Brewers went on to drop that series, three games to one.

    The decision to dismiss manager Ned Yost with only 12 regular-season games remaining certainly stands out, but 2008 will mostly be remembered in Milwaukee as the "CC season" after a July 7 trade brought reigning American League Cy Young winner Sabathia from Cleveland. The deal signaled, "We're going for it," general manager Doug Melvin said, and Sabathia, a free agent-to-be, did not disappoint while going 11-2 in his 17 Brewers starts with a 1.65 ERA and seven complete games. He got an assist from Ryan Braun in the regular season finale, as the slugger, who would finish third in NL MVP balloting, belted a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning that ignited a sellout crowd and proved the game-winner.

    The postseason run was short-lived, thanks to the eventual World Champion Phillies. The Brewers dropped Games 1 and 2 in Philadelphia, but scored a Game 3 win behind Dave Bush at Miller Park in Milwaukee's first postseason home game since Game 5 of the 1982 series. The Phillies closed out the series the next day.

    Shortly after the season, the rebuilding began. Melvin, having just signed a three-year contract extension, hired former A's skipper Ken Macha to be the Brewers' full-time manager.

    2009

    Three million fans passed through the turnstiles at Miller Park for the second straight season but the Brewers didn't have the depth to overcome a series of injuries in manager Ken Macha's first season at the helm. Second baseman Rickie Weeks seemed ready to tap his potential before suffering a season-ending wrist injury in May, and starters Dave Bush (arm) and Jeff Suppan (rib cage) missed significant chunks of June, July and August. For much of the first half of the season, it appeared the reigning National League Wild Card winners would make a return trip to the postseason. The Brewers owned first place in the NL Central from mid-May through July 4, when a blowout win at Chicago's Wrigley Field left Milwaukee percentage points ahead of the Cardinals. The Brewers slipped into second place the next day and slipped as low as fourth before finishing third at 80-82.

    There were individual milestones along the way. Prince Fielder broke Cecil Cooper's franchise RBI record when he drove in No. 127 with 14 games to play and Cooper managing the Astros in the visitors' dugout at Miller Park. Fielder homered twice in the season finale to finish with 46 home runs (second-most in club history to his 50-homer season in 2007) and 141 RBIs (tied with the Phillies' Ryan Howard for the Major league lead). Fielder became the first Brewer to lead the league in RBIs since Cooper tied Boston's Jim Rice for the American League crown in 1983. Ryan Braun got hot in September and led the NL with 203 hits, becoming the fourth Brewer ever to lead his league in hits and the first since Paul Molitor in 1991.

  5. 2010s

    2010
    Hoffman photo

    For the second straight season, the Brewers hit but didn't pitch, leading to a second consecutive sub-.500 finish and the club's second managerial change in a bit more than two years. Unlike Ken Macha's first season at the helm, when the Brewers owned first place into July, the '10 club was out of the race very early, burdened by the injury-marred or just inconsistent first halves put together by Randy Wolf, Jeff Suppan and Doug Davis, veterans who were counted on going into the year. The team didn't spend a single day in first place, and never got more than one game over .500 despite another solid season from left fielder Ryan Braun and something of breakthrough years from second baseman Rickie Weeks and third baseman Casey McGehee. Weeks stayed healthy and production followed to the tune of 29 home runs, 83 RBIs and a team-high 112 runs scored. McGehee avoided the sophomore slump and led the team with 104 RBIs, giving the Brewers three 100-RBI men (also Braun and Corey Hart). Hart made his second All-Star team, and he and pitcher Yovani Gallardo signed long-term contract extensions.

    The season's signature moment may have come Sept. 8, when Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman logged save No. 600. Hoffman lost the closer's job in May and admitted he was one of the contributors to the Brewers' poor start, but pitched his way back into a prominent role after the All-Star break and began picking up some saves from rookie closer John Axford. Historic No. 600 came against the Cardinals in a moment of celebration at Miller Park that was all too rare in 2010.

    2011

    The 2011 "Beast Mode" Brewers set a franchise record with 96 regular-season wins, won their first division title in 29 years, featured the franchise's first league MVP in 22 years and played to within two wins of a return to the World Series before falling to the eventual World Series champion Cardinals. By nearly every measure, it was Milwaukee's best summer since 1982.

    Credit for the team's solid season was spread around. General manager Doug Melvin swung bold trades in December 2010 for starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, who solidified a starting rotation that had dragged the Brewers down in the two previous seasons under manager Ken Macha. His replacement, rookie skipper Ron Roenicke, brought a calm demeanor that meshed well with the characters in the clubhouse, including stars Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Those stars produced at a remarkably high level, with Braun batting .332 with 33 homers, 111 RBIs and 33 stolen bases, and Fielder hitting .299 with 38 home runs and 120 RBIs in his final season before free agency. The pair wound up running first and third in NL MVP balloting, with Braun becoming the Brewers' first league MVP since Robin Yount won for the second time in 1989.

    Then there were the supporting players. Second-year closer John Axford set a club record with 46 saves, tying Atlanta rookie Craig Kimbrel for the NL lead and teaming with setup men Francisco Rodriguez, Takashi Saito and LaTroy Hawkins to give the Brewers one of baseball's best bullpens in the second half. Outfielder Nyjer Morgan, a Washington Nationals castoff four days before Opening Day, batted .304 and became a fan favorite for his high-energy play and his alter egos. Braun, Fielder and Rickie Weeks were all elected All-Star starters (Braun didn't play because of a leg injury) and Fielder won All-Star Game MVP honors.

    The Brewers won the NL Central by a six-game margin over the Cardinals and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in a decisive fifth game of the NL Division Series, with Gomez scoring the winning run on Morgan's 10th-inning hit. That set up an all-Central NL Championship Series that opened at Miller Park, with the Brewers and Cardinals splitting the series' first four games. Sloppy defensive play doomed Milwaukee in Game 5 in St. Louis and Marcum's rough first inning set the tone for a season-ending, 12-6 loss at home in Game 6.

    2012

    The Brewers hung their 2011 National League Central championship banner at Miller Park in January, but similar success in 2012 proved elusive. Injuries dogged the team in April and May, costing pitcher Chris Narveson, first baseman Mat Gamel and shortstop Alex Gonzalez the rest of their seasons, and sidelining catcher Jonathan Lucroy for two months. At the same time, the team's relief corps, so reliable the season before, faltered, costing closer John Axford his job for a stint in July. The Brewers finished with a club-record and Major League-worst 29 blown saves, including three in a row in late July that prompted the team to trade right-hander Zack Greinke to the Angels for three prospects, rather than risk losing him via free agency after the season.

    It was not all bad news. Yovani Gallardo reached 30 starts and 200 strikeouts for the fourth straight season. Corey Hart was excellent after moving to first base to replace Gamel, and newcomer Norichika Aoki took over in right field and made a successful transition from Japan. The team's biggest acquisition from the previous offseason, Aramis Ramirez, batted .300 with 27 home runs and 105 RBIs. And left fielder Ryan Braun, whose successful appeal of a suspension dominated the news early in the year, put together his usual solid season, leading the NL in home runs (41), total bases (356), runs (108) and OPS (.987) and finishing second to Buster Posey in NL MVP balloting. The Brewers climbed back into contention with a 24-6 run in August and September, pulling to within 1-1/2 games of the NL's second Wild Card on the night of Sept. 21. They were not formally eliminated from postseason consideration until Game No. 159.

    2013

    Shortstop Jean Segura and center fielder Carlos Gomez provided bright spots for the 2013 Brewers, both enjoying sensational first halves and earning trips to the All-Star Game in New York. Gomez, who signed a contract extension during Spring Training, became the first player in Brewers history to top 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season, and ended Milwaukee's 31-year drought when he was awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove.

    But the team's performance suffered because of early-season pitching troubles, especially during a 6-22 month of May, and losses in the middle of the lineup, as Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart all dealt with injuries. Braun's season ended in July when he was suspended by Major League Baseball for violating the league's drug program. Braun admitted his wrongdoing in a written statement one month later, saying he took a cream and a lozenge to help him recover from an injury during the 2011 season.

    Strong late-season pitching performances from the likes of Wily Peralta and Tyler Thornburg helped the Brewers go 33-32 after Braun was suspended, but the team finished in fourth place.