History of the Milwaukee Brewers

The modern Milwaukee Brewers should not be confused with the original Milwaukee Brewers of 1901 that eventually became the Baltimore Orioles. The modern-day Brewers began in Seattle in 1968 as the Seattle Pilots. However, they only played in the major leagues for one year, 1969, and then, after extensive negotiations, maneuverings and ownership changes, they moved to Milwaukee and the team's name changed to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers started off badly, and ended their first season in Milwaukee with a 65-97 record.

Originally part of the American League West division, the Brewers finally switched to the American League East division in 1972. Once this change was made, the Brewers' ownership and management began working on acquiring better players. From 1972 to 1974, the Brewers acquired future Hall of Famer Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper and Milwaukee's favorite baseball player, Hank Aaron.

With star players, the Brewers improved and they finally had a winning season in 1978. It wasn't enough to put the Brewers in post-season play, but it set them on a winning road that continued until 1982 when they won the American League pennant. They lost the World Series, however, to the St. Louis Cardinals.

After 1982, the Brewers fell to the bottom section of the league, where they stayed until 1987. They had a brief resurgence in 1987 and 1988, but again not enough to reach the playoffs. The Brewers fell again in 1989 and they didn't post a winning record until 1992 when they finished with a 92-70 record. For the next few years, the Brewers did not see post-season play.

In 1997, the Brewers moved to the National League, a move that brought more needed funds to the team. However, even with the switch and financial benefits, it took the Brewers 10 more years to reach post-season play. During the interim years, the team's original owner, Bud Selig, sold the Brewers and the new owner, Mark Attanasio, acquired new young players, including Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Rickie Weeks, to rejuvenate the team. The Brewers finally had a winning season in 2007 and in 2008 they won the National League Wild Card. In 2011, the Brewers won the National League Central divsion title.

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Wikipedia - Milwaukee Brewers