The Milwaukee Brewers play their home games at new Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI. For the team and Brewer fans alike, the park was certainly a long time coming. With over a decade of planning and nearly five years of construction, Miller Park opened its doors for Milwaukee Brewers Fans on April 6, 2001. President George W. Bush was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, officially marking the opening of the Brewers shiny new ballpark.
Currently part of the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers were originally in the American League until this change in 1997. A league change is not the only change Milwaukee baseball fans have realized. Milwaukee was once home to the Milwaukee Braves, or Atlanta Braves as they are currently known. From 1953-1965, Milwaukeeans enjoyed watching Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and home run king Hank Aaron. The Braves beat the Yankees in the World Series in 1957 to award Milwaukee with it's only Major League baseball championship. In 1965, Braves minority-owner Bud Selig lost his fight to keep the team in Milwaukee. Immediately, Selig looked to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee one way or another.
Five years later, in 1970, Selig brought the minor league Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee and began to play as the Major League Milwaukee Brewers. It took 12 years, but in 1982 the Milwaukee Brewers went to the World Series with such great players as Pete Vukovich, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Gorman Thomas, Jimmy Gantner and Robin Yount. Unfortunately, the Milwaukee Brewers came up short in this series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee still proved to be a baseball city as the Brewers were the talk-of-the-town amongst baseball fans in Southeastern Wisconsin in the Fall of '82.
Current Milwaukee Brewers rivals include the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. In fact, when tickets went on sale at the Milwaukee Brewers box office for the teams' series against the Cubs, the word was TAKE BACK MILLER PARK. In recent years, there's been more Chicago Cub fans in the stands than Milwaukee Brewer fans.
Named for the industry which made Milwaukee famous, the Milwaukee Brewers are now led by manager and former Milwaukee Brewer player Ned Yost – also a member of the '82 World Series Brewer squad. Hopes are that Yost can translate some of his former successes to the Milwaukee Brewers. Entering the second half of the decade, the young Milwaukee Brewer team certainly has heart. Hovering at .500 for the current season, fans have been supportive of the improved play they see on the field. Part of this renewed interest came from the sale of the Milwaukee Brewers from Bud Selig to investment banker Mark Attanasio in January 2005. In fact, on February 26, 2005 the Milwaukee Brewers sold more tickets via the internet than they had any other day in franchise history.
Things are looking up for the Milwaukee Brewers. Finishing their 2005 season right at .500 for the first time in over a decade, thanks to two home runs in the 7th inning of their last game against the Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers put their 12 year streak of losing seasons behind them.
The Milwaukee Brewers have had many looks and logos through the years, but none resonate with Milwaukee Brewers fans like the blue and gold M and B, ball in glove logo of the 1980's.
Former Milwaukee Brewers in Baseball's Hall of Fame include: Robin Yount, Henry Aaron, Paul Molitor, Rollie Fingers, Don Sutton and Broadcaster Bob Uecker.
Calling County Stadium home for 30 years, the Milwaukee Brewers are spoiled playing in one of the most beautiful parks in all of Major League Baseball, Miller Park. The first game the Milwaukee Brewers played in the new park was in April 2001. Miller Park is a traditional ballpark reflecting local architecture, but has a retractable dome roof to protect against the cool weather in Wisconsin during the spring and fall. Brewers fans have the luxury knowing there will never be a rain delay at Miller Park.
The Milwaukee Brewers have had both of the stadiums featured in big Hollywood movies; County Stadium in 1989's Major League and Miller Park in 2004's Mr. 3000. Not a star in Hollywood, Bernie Brewer, Milwaukee Brewers mascot, plays a starring role every home game at Miller Park. Fans coming to watch the Milwaukee Brewers, or Brew Crew, will enjoy Bernie, the Klement's Sausage Race and many other unique offerings the promotions department of the Milwaukee Brewers has put together.
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