Chronology of Milwaukee baseball

Ever hear of Athletic Park? Remember which Brewer won MVP awards for two different positions? It's all here in this comprehensive timeline of Milwaukee's rich baseball history.

1878 -- Milwaukee joins the National Baseball League.

1884 -- Milwaukee leaves the National League and joins the Union Association.

1891 -- Milwaukee joins the Major League American Association.

1901 -- Milwaukee becomes a charter member of the American League. Home games are played at Lloyd Park, 16th and Lloyd Streets.

1905 -- Milwaukee joins the minor league American Association and fields a team, the Brewers, through the 1952 season. Home games are played at Athletic Park, later renamed Borchert Field, on Chambers Street.

Oct. 19, 1950 -- Ground is broken for the construction of Milwaukee County Stadium.

March 18, 1953 -- National League owners vote unanimously to transfer the Boston Braves to Milwaukee.

April 14, 1953 -- Milwaukee Braves play their first major league game. They defeat the Cincinnati Reds.

April 15, 1953 -- Milwaukee Braves play their first home game and the first major league game at Milwaukee County Stadium. They defeat the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 12, 1955 -- Braves host Major League All Star Game at County Stadium.

Sept. 23, 1957 -- Braves win National League pennant.

Oct. 10, 1957 -- Braves win the World Series. They defeat the New York Yankees in seven games.

Sept. 21, 1958 -- Braves win second consecutive National League pennant.

Oct. 9, 1958 -- In a rematch of the 1957 World Series, the Brave lose to the New York Yankees.

May 26, 1959 -- Pittsburgh Pirates left hander Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings at County Stadium but loses to Braves in the 13th inning.

April 30, 1961 -- Playing against the Braves at County Stadium, San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays ties a major league record by hitting four home runs in a single game.

Dec. 13, 1966 -- The United States Supreme Court votes 4-3 not to hear an anti-trust suit which clears the way for the Milwaukee Braves to move to Atlanta.

April 1, 1970 -- A Federal Judge awards the bankrupt Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee. They are renamed the Milwaukee Brewers.

April 7, 1970 -- The Brewers play their first major league game. They are defeated by the California Angels at County Stadium.

April 11, 1970 -- The Brewers win their first major league game. They defeat the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park.

Jan. 1973 -- Braves' Warren Spahn elected to Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

July 15, 1975 -- Brewers host Major League All Star Game at County Stadium.

July 20, 1976 -- The Brewers' Henry Aaron hits his last major league home run and establishes the all-time home run record.

Jan. 1978 -- Braves' Eddie Matthews elected to Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sept. 1981 -- Brewers make their post-season debut but lose playoff series to New York Yankees

Nov. 1981 -- Rollie Fingers named winner of American League Cy Young Award and American League Most Valuable Player Award.

Jan. 13, 1982 -- Henry Aaron becomes the first Brewer to be named to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Aug. 27, 1982 -- Playing against the Brewers at County Stadium, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 119th base and establishes the major league record for stolen bases in a single season.

Oct. 3, 1982 -- Brewers win American League East championship.

Oct. 10, 1982 -- Brewers win American League pennant by defeating California Angles in five game playoff series.

Oct. 17, 1982 -- Brewers lose World Series to St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

Nov. 3, 1982 -- Pete Vuckovich wins American League Cy Young Award.

Nov. 10, 1982 -- Robin Yount wins American League Most Valuable Player Award.

June 24, 1983 -- Don Sutton becomes the 8th pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters in a career.

April 15, 1987 -- Juan Nieves becomes the only Brewer to pitch a no-hit game.

April 20, 1987 -- Brewers win 13th game in a row without a loss in the season. The victory ties a major league record.

May 8-9, 1987 -- Brewers and Chicago White Sox play an American League record 25-inning game at Comiskey Park.

Aug. 25, 1987 -- Paul Molitor hits safely in his 39th straight game, the 5th longest hitting streak in major league history.

Nov. 20, 1989 -- Robin Yount wins American League Most Valuable Player Award for the second time. He becomes only the third player in baseball history to win MVP awards at two different positions.

July 31, 1990 -- Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers defeats the Brewers at County Stadium and wins his 300th career game.

Jan. 7, 1992 -- Rollie Fingers named to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sept. 9, 1992 -- Robin Yount becomes the 17th player in major league history to collect 3,000 hits.

Nov. 4, 1992 -- Pat Listach wins American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Oct. 12, 1995 -- After a contentious battle in the Wisconsin State Legislature concerning the financing of a new ballpark, Governor Tommy Thompson signs legislation clearing the way for the construction of a new stadium at the County Stadium site.

March 1996 -- The Miller Brewing Company announces a $41.2 million dollar commitment for the naming rights to the new park.

Nov. 6, 1997 -- Major league owners announce a planned realignment and initiate Phase I by moving the Brewers to the National League.

Jan. 1998 -- Don Sutton named to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sept. 1998 -- In back-to-back series against the Brewers at County Stadium, Mark McGuire of the St. Louis Cardinals and Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs continue their epic home run struggle. McGuire hits three home runs and Sosa hits two on their way to 70 and 66 home runs respectively.

July 14, 1999 -- Three workers are killed in an accident during the construction of Miller Park, which delays the opening of the new stadium for one year.

Sept. 28, 2000 -- The last game is played at Milwaukee County Stadium. The Brewers lose to the Cincinnati Reds.

April 6, 2001 -- The first game is played at Miller Park. The Brewers defeat the Cincinnati Reds.

July 9, 2002 -- Brewers host major league All Star Game at Miller Park.


OMCreader | Jan. 9, 2006 at 9:17 a.m. (report)

Pierre said: I'm doing some research on major league baseball franchise moves. I was wondering why the 1901 Brewers moved to St. Louis? Anyone know? Mr. Snyder?

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