This is the most complete record book ever written about the Milwaukee Brewers/St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles simply because it includes every record established by every player in the clubs history.
Typical record books eliminate old records when new one are created but this book never eliminates a record. Instead, they are added to existing chronology lists. In this way, no players or their records are ever forgotten and the history of club records is forever preserved.
This book offers four never-before-seen features that fans are certain to enjoy. First are the season and career chronology lists which begin with the first “Record Setters” in 1901 and include every “Record Breaker” to the present. This is done in batting, pitching, and fielding and also includes rookie and manager’s records.
Since records are listed in chronological order, they are easy to count, so now for the first time we learn which players have the most records. This is seen at the end of each chapter by our second never before seen feature called the “Record Holders List.” Did you know that Cal Ripken has 37 club records?
The third new feature is the individual player’s “Record Profile.” These profiles honor the team’s greatest players by revealing every record they have established, showing exactly how long each record lasted before broken and the names of every record breaker.
The fourth new feature is the newly developed “Player’s Claims to Fame Profiles.” This is an extension of the “Record Profile.” In addition to listing every record, it includes every feat accomplished by a player which has made him famous, such as getting 3000 hits, 500 home runs, winning 300 games, pitching no-hitters, winning such awards as the MVP, Cy Young, Gold Glove, Rookie Of The Year, Triple Crown, etc. Did you know that Cal Ripken has 163 claims to fame?
Perhaps the best way to understand the chronology lists is to see the following example of the team’s season home runs record and how it has developed
This chronology list shows that John Anderson was the club’s first home run champion in 1901 when he hit eight round trippers. His record stood for 18 years before broken by George Sisler in 1919, when this Hall-of-Famer-to-be rapped 10 homers. Sisler broke his own record in 1920 with 19, thus becoming the club’s first two-time record breaker in home runs.
Sisler’s mark would only last one year as the underrated Ken Williams became the new home-run king in 1921 by blasting 24 balls into the seats. Williams would then break his own record in 1922 when he excited the baseball world by crushing 39 balls out of sight. Williams tied Sisler as the only two-time record breakers in home runs. His record was so phenomenal that it would stand for 39 years before being broken by Jim Gentile in 1961. Big Jim had a marvelous year with 49 dingers.
Gentile’s record would last for five years before Hall of Famer Frank Robinson reached the seats 49 times, a record that would stand for 30 years until broken by Brady Anderson, who hit 50 in 1996. Anderson remains the club leader in home runs to this day.
Thus we have the complete history of the home runs record, from the first to the present and everyone in between.
Nothing could be more complete, yet simple to understand and appreciate. This is true record keeping.