Posted on Apr 2nd, 2013 in Events
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Yesterday was Opening Day at Miller Park, where the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 in 10 innings. The first day of baseball season usually means warmer weather actually is coming. But, the weather is never an issue at Miller Park where the convertible roof closes to protect us from the elements and opens when the weather allows.
Whether you’ve got season tickets or will just be rooting along in your local sports bar, impress Brew Crew fans all around you this season with some of these Milwaukee Brewers fun facts:
- The Brewers organization is currently celebrating their 45th season in Major League Baseball.
- After playing their first season in 1969, the Seattle Pilots were moved to Milwaukee, and became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970.
- The Milwaukee Brewers first game, on April 7, 1970, was played against the California Angels.
- The Brewers have to been to one World Series. They lost in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982.
- That 1982 Brewers team was known as Harvey’s Wallbangers, named after manager Harvey Kuenn and his team’s more than 200 home runs walloped in that season.
- Current closer John Axford set the franchise record for saves in 2011 with 45, breaking the record of 44 which was held by Francisco Cordero (2007).
- On September 16, 2011 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.
- Although the Cleveland Indians were the team portrayed in 1989’s comedy “Major League,” many of the film’s scenes were shot in and around Milwaukee, including Milwaukee County Stadium.
- Longtime beloved Brewers commentator Bob Uecker was born in Milwaukee in 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,” starred 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 two years ago).
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