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This Brewers team is just the fourth to make the playoffs in the franchise's 41-season history. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

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The Brewers' first postseason appearance came in 1981, when they won the AL East second half title. (Photo: Brewers)

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The team's only trip to the World Series came in 1982, after winning the AL East on the final day and rallying from an 0-2 deficit in the ALCS. (Photo: Brewers)

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CC Sabathia went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA after being acquired by the Brewers for the 2008 playoff race.

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Ryan Braun's eighth-inning home run helped the Brewers clinch the 2008 NL wild card. (Photo: Brewers)

The Brewers' postseason history

The Brewers' trip to the National League Championship Series marked just the fourth postseason appearance in the franchise's 41-season history, including one year as the Seattle Pilots.

Here's a look at the franchise's previous playoff teams.

American League East second-half champions (62-47)

Due to the two-month player's strike, the 1981 season was split into two halves, with the winners of each half facing each other for the right to advance to the League Championship Series.

The Brewers were 31-25, three games behind the Yankees when the strike began but went 31-22 in the second half, finishing a game and a half ahead of the Red Sox and Tigers and advanced to the post-season for the first time in franchise history.

American League Division Series
N.Y. Yankees 3, Brewers 2

In Game 1 at County Stadium, the Yankees tagged Brewers starter for four runs in the fourth inning and went on to a 5-3 victory and Dave Righetti threw a 3-0 shutout against the Brewers and Mike Caldwell in Game 2.

The series moved to the Bronx for the final three games and the Brewers struck first, scoring all of their runs in the final two innings of a 5-3 victory in Game 3. American League MVP Rollie Fingers got the victory over Tommy John.

The Brewers evened the series in Game 4, winning, 2-1, as Pete Vukovich and Fingers held the Yankees to just five hits.

The Yankees advanced to the ALCS by again tagging Hass for four runs in the finale. Milwaukee had a 2-0 lead but Reggie Jackson and Oscar Gamble hit back-to-back home runs to put the Yanks ahead for good.

American League East Champions (95-67)
The chic pick to win the AL East, the Brewers sputtered out of the gate and were 23-24 when manager Buck Rodgers was fired June 1. Hitting coach Harvey Kuenn took over on June 2 and the Brewers went 72-43 the rest of the way but still didn't clinch the division until the final day of the season, when they beat Baltimore 10-2 in a match-up between future Hall of Fame pitchers; Milwaukee's Don Sutton and the Orioles' Jim Palmer.

American League Championship Series
Milwaukee 3, California 2

The Brewers made baseball history, becoming the first team ever to come back from a 2-0 deficit in a five-game series. After being outscored, 12-5, in two games at Anaheim Stadium, the series shifted back to Milwaukee where the Brewers jumped out early for victories in Games 3 and 4 but had to rally in Game 5, taking the lead on Cecil Cooper's two-run single in the eighth inning. Pete Ladd, replacing an injured Rollie Fingers, worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his second save of the series and the Brewers were off to the World Series for the first time in their history.

World Series
St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 3

The "Suds Series," a name given to the Fall Classic due to the tradition of beer production in Milwaukee and St. Louis, was supposed to be a battle between the Brewers' raw power (league-leading 216 home runs) and the Cardinals' speed.

The Brewers opened the Series with a 10-0 drubbing of the Cardinals in Game 1 at Busch Stadium. Paul Molitor set a World Series record with five hits and added two RBI as Mike Caldwell pitched a complete game.

The series evened out from there. The Cardinals evened the series with a 5-4 win in Game 2 and took a 2-1 lead in Game 3, played back at County Stadium. The Brewers won the next two in Milwaukee, erasing a 5-1 Cardinals lead with a six-run seventh inning and Game 4 and holding off a late rally in Game 5 to send the series back to St. Louis needing just one victory to win the title.

Game 6 was a disaster for the Brewers. The Cardinals evened the series in a 13-1 contest that included two rain delays totaling more than two hours. The Cardinals won the championship with a 6-3 victory in Game 7.

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