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

July 20, 1976: Henry Aaron, the greatest home run hitter of all-time, blasts his 755th and final home run at County Stadium on July 20, 1976. Aaron played 14 seasons in Milwaukee with the Braves and two with the Brewers.
   
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.

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  -

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.

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