This is the most complete record book ever written about the Milwaukee Brewers. It is the only one which includes every season and career record established by every player in the club’s history, beginning with their first year of play in 1969 and extending to the present.
Typical record books eliminate old records when new ones are created but this book never eliminates a record. Instead, all new records are added to existing chronology lists so that no players or their records are ever forgotten and the history of club records will forever be preserved.
This book is certain to stimulate fan interest because it offers four never-before-seen features. First, there are the chronology lists which show all the original “Record Setters” and every subsequent “Record Breaker.” Every record is dated so that we learn how long each record lasted before broken.
Secondly, all records are now easy to count and we learn which players have the most records. This is seen at the end of each chapter on a newly developed “Record Holders List.”
The third new feature is the individual player’s “Record Profile,” which also appears at the end of each chapter and honors the team’s greatest players. Every record is shown in one complete, easy-to-read profile. Did you know that Robin Yount has 60 club records?
The final feature are the individual players’ “Claims to Fame Profiles.” This is an extention of the “Record Profile,” but also includes every feat accomplished which has made a player famous such as getting 3,000 hits, 500 home runs, pitching no-hitters, winning awards such as the MVP, Cy Young, Gold Glove, as well as winning batting, pitching, and fielding titles, being selected to All-Star teams and induction into the Hall of Fame.
Did you know that Robin Yount has 99 claims to fame?
The book also includes records for rookies and managers, as well as interesting biographies, quotes, and baseball stories.
Perhaps the best way of understanding the chronology lists is to use the following example of the club’s season home run record.
The chronology list begins in the first year of play and shows that Don Mincher was the first home run champion, hitting 25 home runs. His record would only last for one year before broken by Tommy Harper, who went from hitting singles in 1969 to hitting 31 home runs in 1970.
Harper’s record stood for five years before George Scott sent 36 balls into the far stands to become the new home run king. Scott’s fine achievement would stand for four years before Gorman Thomas would connect 45 times to become the new home run leader. Thomas’ record would never be broken but in 2001, another outstanding slugger would tie the record. Richie Sexson belted 45 home runs in 2001 and tied his own record in 2003. He remains the only player to be credited with two home run records.
Thus we have the complete history of the Brewers home run record, from start to finish. Nothing could be more complete yet simple and easy to understand. Every category of batting, pitching, and fielding is presented using this chronology concept.
Before the Brewers were in Milwaukee, they were in Seattle and called the Pilots in 1969. They moved to Milwaukee in 1970 and have since been known as the “Brewers.” They began their play in the American League but were moved into the National League in 1998.
In 1969, they were an expansion team headed by manager Joe Schultz, who experienced the Pilots ending up in last place. Dave Bristol took over in 1970 and improved the team slowly; each year they won more games than the year before.
Del Cradall relieved Bristol in 1972 and he continued to improve the team, getting them into the 70s in wins for the first time. George Bamberger took over in 1978 and he also improved the team, moving them from fifth place to a
third-place finish in 1978 as the team won 93 games for the first time. Bamberger would even do better in 1979 as the club won 95 games and finished second.
Buck Rodgers was the new manager in 1980 and led the Brewers to their first Divisional Title but lost in the Champion- ship Series. Harvey Kuenn came on board in 1982 and led the club to their second consecutive Divisional Title, and was successful in getting the team into their very first World Series. In a heartily fought battle against the Cardinals, the Brewers lost in seven games. The team has been up and down since and now seem ready to regain their past successes.