1970 Milwaukee Brewers season
|1970 Milwaukee Brewers|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Marvin Milkes|
(Merle Harmon, Tom Collins)
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The 1970 Milwaukee Brewers season was the second season for the franchise. The team finished fourth in the American League West with a record of 65 wins and 97 losses, 33 games behind the Minnesota Twins. This was the team's inaugural season in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after spending its first year of existence in Seattle, Washington as the Pilots.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Farm system
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
Relocation to Milwaukee
During the offseason, Dewey Soriano, president of the financially strapped Seattle Pilots, crossed paths with Bud Selig, a Milwaukee car dealer who had been working to bring baseball back to Milwaukee since the Braves (of which he'd been a minority owner) left for Atlanta after the 1965 season. They met in secret for over a month after the end of the season, and during Game 1 of the World Series, Soriano agreed to sell the Pilots to Selig for $10 million to $13 million (depending on the source). Selig would then move the team to Milwaukee and rename it the Brewers. However, the owners turned it down in the face of pressure from Washington's two senators, Warren Magnuson and Henry (Scoop) Jackson, as well as state attorney general Slade Gorton. MLB asked Soriano and chairman William Daley to find a local buyer.
Local theater chain owner Fred Danz came forward in October 1969 with a $10 million deal, but it fizzled when the Bank of California called in a $4 million loan it had made to Soriano and Daley for startup costs. In January 1970, Westin Hotels owner Eddie Carlson put together a nonprofit group to buy the team. However, the owners rejected the idea almost out of hand since it would have devalued the other clubs' worth. A more traditional deal came one vote short of approval.
After a winter and spring full of court action, the Pilots reported for spring training under new manager Dave Bristol unsure of where they would play. The owners had given tentative approval to the Milwaukee group, but the state of Washington got an injunction on March 17 to stop the deal. Soriano immediately filed for bankruptcy — a move intended to forestall any post-sale legal action. At the bankruptcy hearing a week later, general manager Marvin Milkes testified there was not enough money to pay the coaches, players and office staff. Had Milkes been more than 10 days late in paying the players, they would have all become free agents and left Seattle without a team for the 1970 season. With this in mind, Federal Bankruptcy Referee Sidney Volinn declared the Pilots bankrupt on March 31 — seven days before Opening Day — clearing the way for them to move to Milwaukee. The team's equipment had been sitting in Provo, Utah, with the drivers awaiting word on whether to drive toward Seattle or Milwaukee. MLB returned to Seattle in 1977, when the Mariners began play at the Kingdome.
Coincidentally, Milwaukee had gained its previous team under circumstances similar to some of those surrounding this move. The Braves had moved from Boston to Milwaukee only a few weeks before the 1953 season was to start.
- November 21, 1969: Mike Marshall was purchased from the Seattle Pilots by the Houston Astros.
- December 7, 1969: Diego Seguí and Ray Oyler were traded by the Seattle Pilots to the Oakland Athletics for George Lauzerique and Ted Kubiak.
- January 15, 1970: Don Mincher and Ron Clark were traded by the Seattle Pilots to the Oakland Athletics for Phil Roof, Mike Hershberger, Lew Krausse, and Ken Sanders.
Opening Day starters
- Max Alvis
- Tommy Harper
- Mike Hegan
- Steve Hovley
- Lew Krausse
- Ted Kubiak
- Jerry McNertney
- Russ Snyder
- Danny Walton
|Kansas City Royals||65||97||0.401||33||35–44||30–53|
|Chicago White Sox||56||106||0.346||42||31–53||25–53|
Record vs. opponents
1970 American League Records
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- April 1, 1970: Steve Barber was released by the Brewers.
- May 11, 1970: Wayne Comer was traded by the Brewers to the Washington Senators for Hank Allen and Ron Theobald.
- May 18, 1970: John Donaldson was traded by the Brewers to the Oakland Athletics for Roberto Peña.
- June 4, 1970: John Tamargo was drafted by the Brewers in the 4th round of the secondary phase of the 1970 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign.
- June 11, 1970: Steve Hovley was traded by the Brewers to the Oakland Athletics for Al Downing and Tito Francona.
- June 15, 1970: John O'Donoghue was traded by the Brewers to the Montreal Expos for José Herrera.
- August 20, 1970: Floyd Wicker was purchased by the Brewers from the Montreal Expos.
|1970 Milwaukee Brewers|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|AAA||Portland Beavers||Pacific Coast League||Al Federoff|
|AA||Jacksonville Suns||Southern League||Gus Niarhos|
|A||Clinton Pilots||Midwest League||Earl Torgeson|
|A-Short Season||Newark Co-Pilots||New York–Penn League||Sandy Johnson|
Jacksonville affiliation shared with Montreal Expos
- Mike Marshall at Baseball Reference
- Diego Seguí at Baseball Reference
- Phil Roof at Baseball Reference
- 1970 Milwaukee Brewers Roster by Baseball Almanac
- Steve Barber at Baseball Reference
- Hank Allen at Baseball Reference
- John Donaldson at Baseball Reference
- John Tamargo at Baseball Reference
- Steve Hovley at Baseball Reference
- José Herrera at Baseball Reference
- Floyd Wicker at Baseball Reference
- 1970 Milwaukee Brewers Statistics and Roster Baseball-Reference.com