Friday, April 07, 2017

1970 Milwaukee Brewers: Years ago and still my favorite opening day!


Like so many, I skipped school and attended the Brewers' very first opening day game.

For the record, I don't remember whether or not I got permission from Mr. Wolf, our school principal.

He did not say anything so I guess that it was OK!   Frankly, there were so many kids in the park that it would have been difficult to suspend us!


Opening Day 1970 was very unique.

The Brewers went into spring training as The Seattle Pilots.

During March, we got reports that Seattle would move to Milwaukee. Eventually, the deal was made and the team moved a couple of days before the season started.

Who was on that team?

Tommy Harper, Mike Hegan, Danny Walton, Lew Krausse, Marty Pattin, etc.

What happened on opening day? The Brewers were destroyed by the Angels:

"Roll back to that first Brewers' opener, April 7, 1970, when California routed Milwaukee, 12-0, in front of more than 36,000 fans at County Stadium." (MJ)
The Angels scored quickly and often. The game was over by the 3rd inning!

The Brewers did have Danny Walton, who thrilled fans with majestic home runs. Unfortunately, pitchers caught up with Danny and he was traded the following season.

They had young pitchers like Marty Pattin, who pitched well but it's tough to pitch for a bad team.

It wasn't much of a game but it was a great memory.

It is still my favorite opening day! And thanks to Mr Selig for bringing baseball back to Milwaukee!


P.S.  Who knew back then that Bud Selig would end up as commissioner of major league baseball?

In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig....... https://t.co/F3tyV2CbEC via @amazon



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