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-from the foreword by Gorman Thomas
Milwaukee fans were stunned and heart-broken when their beloved Braves departed for Atlanta after the 1965 season, but their spirits were revived when local businessman Allan "Bud" Selig made it his life's purpose to bring baseball back to the city. Just five years later, Selig's dream came true when he purchased the bankrupt Seattle Pilots, relocated the team to his hometown, and renamed them the Milwaukee Brewers. The early days were tough: the team lost its home opener 12-0, wearing uniforms from which the Seattle patches had been ripped off and replaced with Brewers insignias, and went on to post a disappointing 65-97 record. In fact, they would not have a winning season until 1978. But the fans slowly warmed up to the team, and their support turned to downright passion in 1982 when Milwaukee made a championship run. The Brewers lost the Suds Series to St. Louis, but they built a deep bond with their fans that lasts to this day.
Brewers Essential is the book that those true-blue Brew Crew fans have been waiting for--a complete guide to everything that makes it so great to be a baseball fan in Beer City, U.S.A. In addition to learning the complete story of the team's unlikely starts, Brewers fans can relive the glory of 1982 and reacquaint themselves with Harvey's Wallbangers, a team that featured some of the greatest names in Milwaukee baseball history, including Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Gorman Thomas, and Cecil Cooper. They can trace the up-and-down performances of the next quarter century, and take pride in the unlikely emergence in 2007 of a young-but-talented squad that made a serious run at the playoffs. While Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and company came up short that year, they made it clear to the rest of the league that the World Series might soon make another visit to Milwaukee.