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Milwaukee Brewers fun facts

For the first time since 1982, our Milwaukee Brewers have clinched the National League Central Division and are headed to the playoffs! It’s been a remarkable season for the Brewers, breaking records left and right (including most wins in franchise history) and the whole city seems like it’s frenzied with Brewers Fever.

Whether you’ve got much-envied tickets to the postseason or will just be rooting along in your local sports bar, impress Brew Crew fans all around you this postseason with some of these Milwaukee Brewers fun facts:

  • The Brewers organization is currently celebrating their 41st season in Major-League Baseball.
  • After playing their first season in 1969, the Seattle Pilots were moved toMilwaukee, and became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970.
  • Their first game, on April 7, 1970 was played against the California Angels.
  • In their 40 years, the Milwaukee Brewers have been to one World Series, in 1982.
  • The 1982 Brewers were known as Harvey’s Wallbangers, named after manager Harvey Kuenn and his team’s more than 200 homeruns walloped in that season.
  • Current mustachioed closer John Axford set the franchise record for saves this season with 45, breaking the record of 44 which was held by Francisco Cordero (2007).
  • On September 16, Ryan Braun hit his 30th home run of the season. Along with his 31 stolen bases, Braun became only the 2nd Brewer ever to have a 30-homer, 30-steal season, joining Tommy Harper, who accomplished the feat in 1970.
  • The 2011 Brewers currently have 55 home wins this season. The Brewers moved past the record of 54 home wins in a season set by the 1978 team.
  • In 2007, the Milwaukee Brewers led the National League in homeruns, with 231.
  • Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder was the winner of the 2009 Home Run Derby.
  • Although the Cleveland Indians was the team portrayed in 1989’s comedy “Major League,” many of the film’s scenes were shot in and aroundMilwaukee, includingCountyStadium.
  • Longtime beloved Brewers commentator Bob Uecker was born inMilwaukeein 1935 and played catcher for the Milwaukee Braves in the early 1960s.
  • Bob Uecker has had a colorful career. He’s been a professional baseball player, a broadcaster for the Brewers for more than 30 years, starred as George Owens in the popular ‘80s sitcom “Mr. Belvedere” and as Indians commentator Harry Doyle in all three installments of the “Major League” trilogy, and was MC for two Wrestlemanias in the 1980s (for which he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year).

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