Top 5 Posts of 2019

Not surprisingly, the top 5 most visited posts of 2019 on my site have Milwaukee Brewers content.  Here they are from #5 to #1, with a little background on each:

#5 – Building the Brewers: Bud Selig and the Return of Major League Baseball to Milwaukee – Chapter Breakdown

In April of this year I had a bit of a lull in the book publication process. I was waiting for the next steps from my editor, which turned out to be needing to round up sources I missed. In the meantime, I dusted off my original Abstract (breakdown) of chapters and updated to what became the published version of the book. The post is here.

#4 – Teddy Higuera – Last of the Milwaukee Brewers 20 Game Winners

I wrote this post in 2016 simply to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Higuera winning 20 games in 1986. This one always gets a lot of visits because fans love to revisit this season and the story behind Higuera’s efforts.

#3 – This Day in Brewers History – Largest Opening Day Shutout Win

This is a new blog post from April, 2019. It covers the matchup between the hapless Baltimore Orioles (54-107) that year and the eventual third-place Brewers. I think readers gravitated to this post not only due to the Orioles starting 0-21 that season, but also because 1988 is not a heavily covered Brewers season in terms of historical content.

#2 – This Day in Milwaukee Brewers History – Chuckie Hacks on 2-0!

Chuckie Carr is the gift that keeps on giving! I originally posted this in 2016 and made several updates in 2018. The legend of Chuckie Carr continues to grow, and fans debate over whether he hacked on 2-0, 3-0, 3-1. It was 2-0, just as this post says.

#1 – Three Balls Equals a Walk

Another new post from March, 2019. Owner Charlie Finley of Oakland had a lot of (shall we say) unique rule change ideas in the early 1970’s. One he proposed was to make walks be three balls rather than four. Brewers GM Frank Lane agreed with Finley and the Brewers and A’s gave it an exhibition game test run – to disastrous results!

My book Building the Brewers: Bud Selig and the Return of Major League Baseball to Milwaukee is available to be ordered on the McFarland website.

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