A Look at Major League Baseball Milestones in Milwaukee

The Brewers’ next two-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field may be the last Milwaukee sees one of its all-time foes, Albert Pujols. He’s looking for his 700th career home run, joining the three luminaries ahead of him on the all-time list (Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth) in the rarest tunes.

Pujols entered Sept. 23 with 698 on his roster and three more games before arriving in Milwaukee.

Brewers fans would naturally prefer that he move on and save the achievement for someone else. After all, he already has 45 against the Brewers – which, perhaps surprisingly, is the smallest of the other four National League Central teams (and a far cry from former NL colleague Central Houston, against whom Pujols has a career-high 62 outbursts).

But hey, a bit of history could be cool too, right? Right?

Maybe you still have ticket stubs (remember?) for some of those defining moments that will unfold on Milwaukee soil, some for the good guys and some for…the bad guys.

A list of all MLB dummies in Milwaukee

  • Jim Wilson, Milwaukee Braves. A 2-0 win over Philadelphia on June 12, 1954
  • Lew Burdette, Milwaukee Braves. 1-0 victory against Philadelphia on August 18, 1960
  • Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves. 4-0 victory against Philadelphia on September 16, 1960
  • Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves. A 1-0 win over San Francisco on April 28, 1961
  • Steve Busby, Kansas City Royals. A 2-0 win over Milwaukee on June 19, 1974
  • Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs. 5-0 victory against Houston on September 14, 2008*
  • Alec Mills, Chicago Cubs. A 12-0 win over Milwaukee on September 13, 2020

* Milwaukee served as a neutral site for a game moved by a hurricane in Houston.

Four-circuit matches in Milwaukee by Willie Mays and Shawn Green

  • Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants. A 14-4 win over Milwaukee on April 30, 1961. At the time, he was the ninth player in Major League history to hit four home runs in a game, and he drove eight.
  • Shawn Green, Los Angeles Dodgers. A 16-3 victory over Milwaukee on May 23, 2002. Green went 6 for 6 with a record six runs scored, a record five extra hits and and record 19 total goals. He broke the last record of 18 set by Joe Adcock of the Brooklyn Braves, and speaking of him…

May 26, 1959: The Harvey Haddix Game is considered one of MLB’s greatest pitching performances

For 12 dazzling innings, Harvey Haddix shot what many consider the greatest game ever pitched, and he still lost. He retired the first 36 men he faced, but while Milwaukee Braves starter Lew Burdette wasn’t perfect, he tied the Pittsburgh Pirates star with zeros through 13th.

In the bottom half, Braves leadoff hitter Felix Mantilla hit a bad pitch from third baseman Don Hoak. Three batters later after an intentional walk to Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock hit the ball into the stands (although he was ruled out for passing Aaron between second and third base in stride, and he was reclassified as a double and a single RBI instead of two).

Either way, the game was over, officially a 1-0 win and heartbreak for Haddix.

May 1, 1975: Henry Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s RBI record

It’s not as famous as the home run record, of course, but when Henry Aaron picked Sixto Lezcano in the third, it gave him 2,210 RBI, eclipsing Babe Ruth’s all-time mark of 2. 209 (although Baseball-Reference has a mark of 2,214 for Ruth).

There weren’t many celebrations that followed, unlike his home run record set on April 8, 1974. Aaron, who spent the last two years of his career in 1975 and 1976 with the Brewers, added an RBI brace later in the game against the Tigers. Aaron’s last game was at County Stadium on October 3, 1976, and he singled in his last game at bat.

August 27, 1982: Rickey Henderson sets a stolen base mark in a single season

Oakland star Rickey Henderson stole his 119th of the year, rounding Lou Brock’s 118 in 1974, with a second base hit in the third inning despite pitching out. He received a cursory standing ovation from Milwaukee fans at County Stadium, with Brock also in attendance, and he stole three more bases in the game before Milwaukee won, 5-4.

He ended the year with a record 130 steals, and the only player to come close was Vince Coleman with 110 in 1985 and 109 in 1987. The most steals for a player since the dawn of the 1990: Marquis Grissom with 78 in 1992.

July 31, 1990: 300th victory for Nolan Ryan

At 43 and already one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Ryan threw 146 pitches in 7 ⅔ innings and earned his 300th career win, considered one of the sport’s most hallowed achievements. He allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts as the Texas Rangers easily won, 11-3, although six of their runs came in the top of the ninth.

September 9, 1992: Robin Yount’s 3,000th success

This one is unforgettable. A lifelong infielder and outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, Yount recorded another of the sport’s great accomplishments by delivering his 3,000th hit against Jose Mesa and Cleveland.

The match was marred by a rain delay and a ninth-inning slump that led to a 5-4 loss, but it was still a magical night in which Yount’s seventh-inning single came in in history. He became the third-youngest player to reach 3,000, behind Aaron and Ty Cobb.

September 1998: The hunt for the home run between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa

They won’t be remembered as the ultimate homers of the 1998 season as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa jockeyed for the single-season homer record, but there was a wild streak in Milwaukee from September 18-23 in which the Brewers faced the Cardinals and McGwire for three games followed by Sosa and the Cubs for two.

McGwire hit his 64th and 65th homers of the year, both technically setting new single-season records two days after his 62nd homer in St. Louis officially bypassed Roger Maris, with outbursts against Rafael Roque and Scott Karl . Not to be outdone, Sosa drilled two homers on Sept. 23 against Roque and Rod Henderson to tie McGwire at No. 65.

The only game Milwaukee won during this streak was the second against the Cubs, fondly remembered as the “Brant Brown Game”.

McGwire finished the year with 70, and Sosa, who edged McGwire with his 66th home run two days after leaving Milwaukee, never got past 66.

September 7, 2010: Trevor Hoffman’s 600th save

Trevor Hoffman, who had been in a fight in the second of two years with the Brewers and not regularly called as the closest, was lucky enough to lock in his 600th career save, becoming the first reliever to achieve this milestone. The 42-year-old picked up the 4-2 win over the Cardinals and sparked a cheering celebration. he would finish his career with 601, a mark surpassed only by Mariano Rivera (652).

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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