Milwaukee BrewersThe Milwaukee Brewers are a Major League Baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They are in the Central Division of the National League. The Brewers were part of the American League through the 1997 season, after which they switch to the National League.
- Founded: 1969 (American League expansion)
- Formerly known as: Seattle Pilots (1969). The franchise relocated to Milwaukee and changed is name prior to the 1970 season.
- Home ballpark: Miller Park, Milwaukee (capacity 42,500)
- Uniform colors: Midnight Blue, White, and Gold
- Logo design: The word "Brewers" in script superimposed over a baseball which itself is inside a circle with the word "MILWAUKEE" above and a pair of crossed hops ears below
- Wild Card titles won (0): none
- Division titles won (2): 1981, 1982
- American League pennants won (1): 1982
- National League pennants won (0): none
- World Series championships won (0): none
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Much of the story of the Seattle Pilots' only year in existence is told in Jim Bouton's classic baseball book, Ball Four.
The team was purchased on April 1, 1970 by an ownership group headed by Milwaukee auto dealer Bud Selig. The team was still in spring training as the Seattle Pilots. The trucks carrying the team's equipment were sent to Salt Lake City, Utah from Arizona, where they were to receive instruction whether to continue to Seattle or Milwaukee. The team was renamed the Brewers to honor Milwaukee's beer-brewing traditions. The team had six days to remove the Pilots logos from team uniforms and replace them with Brewers logos.
The team was moved from the American League to the National League in 1998 during baseball's realignment in order to have an even number of teams in both leagues. Major League Baseball wished to keep interleague play in designated blocks during the season; if both leagues had the same number of teams (15), it would have been necessary to have single interleague games scattered throughout the season. Therefore, it was decided to have a 16-team National League and a 14-team American League.
The Selig family's ownership of the Brewers is the longest continuing ownership in the majors now. Wendy Selig-Prieb, Bud's daughter, is now CEO.
Players of note
Baseball Hall of Famers
Not to be forgotten