Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers Sports Button Museum
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Milwaukee Brewers
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Black text on a yellow background with a baseball, and a beer

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CRANE 1986

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Founded in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, after one season the team relocated to Milwaukee and changed their name to the Milwaukee Brewers, in homage to the strong history of beer brewing in the city (home of some of the largest breweries in the United States, Pabst, Schlitz, Miller, and Blatz to name a few). The move was prompted by Bud Selig, a wealthy Milwaukee business man. An avid baseball fan, Selig became the largest public stockholder in the Milwaukee Braves, however when they relocated to Atlanta in 1953 he sold his stock. Purchasing the Pilots from bankruptcy, he brought them to Milwaukee. In 1992 Selig was appointed Baseball Commissioner. Due to conflict of interest he transferred ownership of the Brewers to his daughter Wendy Selig-Prieb. Despite this move there was still some controversy that he had an active roll in the management of the team. In 2004 Mark Atanasio purchased the Brewers.

Starting in the American League, in 1998 the Brewers joined the National League. They have appeared in 1 World Series in 1982, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3.

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