TEAM                          W   L  .PCT    GB    POS  MANAGER                   LEADING BATTER - AVERAGE   LEADING BATTER - RBIS      HOME RUN LEADER            LEADING PITCHER - WINS   LEADING PITCHER - ERA
AAA PCL Portland Beavers     68  78  .466  -26.0   4/5  Al Federoff               Bernie Smith          .330 John Felske             75 Greg Goosen             20 Brubaker/Twitchell     9 Bruce Brubaker   4.11
AA   SL *Jacksonville Suns   67  70  .489  -11.0   5/8  Gus Niarhos               Pete Koegel           .284 Pete Koegel             51 Pete Koegel             13 Dick Bates             8 Dick Bates       3.87
A   MWL Clinton Pilots       57  67  .460  -16.5  8/10  Earl Torgeson             Wilbur Howard         .303 Hansen/McCowan          47 Hansen/Thomas            8 Bell/Conzatti         12 Jerry Bell       2.11
A   NYP Newark Co-Pilots     36  33  .522  - 7.0   4/8  Sandy Johnson             Price Thomas          .325 Leon Beasley            37 Pedro Garcia            14 William Leinheiser     9 W. Linheiser     1.01
* - Shared affiliation with Montreal Expos NOTE: Batting Average based on a minimum of 300 at-bats (200 for short season). ERA based on a minimum of 100 IP (50 - short season)
MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS
PORTLAND - C John Felske JACKSONVILLE - OF Jim Covington CLINTON - SS Bob Hansen, OF Wilber Howard NEWARK - SS Pedro Garcia, C Jack Walsh, P Bill Linheiser
1970 MILWAUKEE BREWERS ROSTER
INFIELD                  G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR 1969 Team                                    Acquired
Max Alvis (3B)          62 32 R R 5-11 187  1  9 Cleveland                                    Trade - Cleveland (4-4-70)
Gus Gil (2B-3B)         64 31 R R 5-10 180  2  3 Seattle                                      Purchase - Cleveland (5-13-68)
Greg Goossen (1B)       21 24 R R 6- 1 210  2  6 Seattle - Vancouver (AAA)                    Trade - NY Yankees (7-6-69)
Tommy Harper (3B)      154 29 R R 5-10 168  2  9 Seattle                                      Expansion Draft - Cleveland (3rd)
Mike Hegan (1B)        148 28 L L 6- 1 190  2  5 Seattle                                      Purchase - NY Yankees (6-14-68)
John Kennedy (3B-SS)    25 29 R R 6- 0 185  2  8 Seattle                                      Purchase - NY Yankees (11-13-68)
Ted Kubiak (2B-SS)     158 28 B R 6- 0 175  1  4 Oakland                                      Trade - Oakland (12-7-69)
*-Roberto Pena (SS)    121 33 R R 5- 8 175  1  5 San Diego                                    Trade - Oakland (5-18-70)
Rich Rollins (3B)       14 32 R R 5-10 185  2 10 Seattle                                      Expansion Draft - Minnesota (26th)
Fred Stanley (SS-2B)     6 23 R R 5-10 167  2  2 Seattle - Okla City (AAA) - Savannah (AA)    Purchase - Houston (9-8-69)
OUTFIELD
*-Hank Allen            28 30 R R 6- 0 190  1  5 Washington                                   Trade - Washington (5-11-70)
*-Bob Burda             78 32 L L 5-11 180  1  5 San Francisco                                Purchase - San Francisco (6-9-70)
Wayne Comer             13 26 R R 5-10 175  2  4 Seattle                                      Expansion Draft - Detroit (41st)
*-Tito Francona         52 36 L L 5-11 190  1 15 Atlanta-Oakland                              Trade - Oakland (6-11-70)
Mike Hershberger        49 30 R R 5-10 175  1 10 Oakland                                      Trade - Oakland (1-15-70)
Steve Hovley            40 25 L L 5-10 188  2  2 Seattle - Rochester (AAA)                    Expansion Draft - California (35th)
*-Dave May             100 26 L R 5-10 186  1  4 Baltimore                                    Trade - Baltimore (6-15-70)
Ted Savage             114 34 R R 6- 1 185  1  8 Cincinnati                                   Purchase - Cincinnati (4-5-70)
Bernie Smith            44 28 R R 5- 9 164  1  1 Tidewater (AAA) - Rochester (AAA)            Trade - NY Mets (12-2-69)
Russ Snyder            124 36 L R 6- 1 190  1 12 Cleveland                                    Trade - Cleveland (4-4-70)
Sandy Valdespino         8 31 L L 5- 8 170  2  6 Seattle - Houston                            Trade - Houston (8-30-69)
Danny Walton           117 23 R R 6- 0 200  2  3 Seattle - Oklahoma City (AAA)                Trade - Houston (8-30-69)
*-Floyd Wicker          15 26 L R 6- 2 175  1  3 Montreal                                     Trade - Montreal (10-7-69)
​CATCHERS
Pete Koegel              7 23 R R 6- 6 230  1  1 Birmingham (AAA)                             Purchase - Oakland (8-29-69)
Jerry McNertney        111 34 R R 6- 1 195  2  6 Seattle                                      Expansion Draft - Chicago-AL (7th)
Phil Roof              110 29 R R 6- 3 210  1  8 Oakland                                      Trade - Oakland (1-15-70)

STARTING PITCHERS     GS  G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR 1969 Team                                   Acquired
Bobby Bolin           20 32 31 R R 6- 4 200  1 10 San Francisco                               Trade - San Francisco (12-12-69)
Gene Brabender        21 29 29 R R 6- 5 225  2  5 Seattle                                     Trade - Baltimore (3-31-69)
*-Al Downing          16 17 29 R L 5-11 177  1 10 NY Yankees                                  Trade - Oakland (6-11-70)
Lew Krausse           35 37 27 R R 6- 0 167  1  8 Oakland                                     Trade - Oakland (1-15-70)
Skip Lockwood         26 27 24 R R 6- 0 200  2  2 Seattle - Elmira (AA)                       Expansion Draft - Oakland (46th)
Marty Pattin          29 37 27 R R 5-11 180  2  2 Seattle                                     Expansion Draft - California (18th)
RELIEF PITCHERS
Dave Baldwin           0 28 32 R R 6- 2 200  1  5 Washington                                  Trade - Washington (12-4-69)
Bruce Brubaker         0  1 28 R R 6- 1 198  1  2 Spokane (AAA)                               Trade - Los Angeles (2-6-70)
*-Dick Ellsworth       0 14 30 L L 6- 4 195  1 12 Boston-Cleveland                            Purchase - Cleveland (8-7-70)
John Gelnar            0 53 27 R R 6- 2 190  2  4 Seattle - Vancouver (AAA)                   Trade - Kansas City (4-1-69)
*-Bob Humphreys        1 23 35 R R 5-11 170  1  9 Washington                                  Free Agent - Washington (6-15-70)
George Lauzerique      4 11 23 R R 6- 1 180  1  4 Oakland - Iowa (AAA)                        Trade - Oakland (12-7-69)
Bob Locker             0 28 32 B R 6- 3 200  2  6 Chicago-AL - Seattle                        Trade - Chicago White Sox (6-8-69)
Bob Meyer              0 28 31 R L 6- 2 185  2  3 Seattle - Iowa (AAA)                        Purchase - Oakland (8-29-69)
John Morris            9 20 29 R L 6- 1 198  2  4 Seattle-Vancouver (AAA)-Indianapolis (AAA)  Expansion Draft - Baltimore (52nd)
John O'Donoghue        0 25 30 R L 6- 3 210  2  8 Seattle - Rochester (AAA)                   Trade - Baltimore (4-30-69)
Ray Peters             2  2 23 R R 6- 6 210  1  1 Clinton (A) - Newark (A)                    1969 January Draft (Sec) - 1st round (22nd)
Ken Sanders            0 50 29 R R 5-11 185  1  4 Iowa (AAA)                                  Trade - Oakland (1-15-70)
Wayne Twitchell        0  2 22 R R 6- 6 220  1  1 Oklahoma City (AAA)                         Purchase - Houston (11-21-69)
*- Acquired during the season
The Seattle Pilots found themselves in an outdated stadium, with poor attendance in their first season. The team had also used up most of its capital. A local ownership bid fell through, and Bud Selig from Milwaukee offered to buy the team. Following the Braves moving to Atlanta for the 1966 season, he helped formed Teams Inc., a local organization whose goal was to return big-league baseball to Milwaukee. The group later changed is name to ``The Brewers`` and arranged for the Chicago White Sox to play some of their home games at County Stadium in 1968 and 1969, with the turnouts far outnumbering Sox home crowds at Comiskey Park. Selig had also tried and failed to buy the team from Arthur Allyn and move the team to Milwaukee. In late March, injunctions against selling the Pilots were considered in a morning hearing at Superior Court, while afternoons were devoted to Federal Bankruptcy Court. Bankruptcy Referee Sidney Volinn heard no testimony that countered the owners' claims of financial losses, and on March 25th he lifted all legal restraints preventing the Pilots from moving. On April 1st, the Pilots were ordered to Milwaukee. The bankruptcy filing allowed the owners to sell the team for $10.8 million to Selig, who renamed the team the Brewers.With the season's opening day only six days away, there was not enough time to order completely new uniforms, so the club had to remove the Pilots logo from team uniforms and replace them with Brewers logos. In fact, the outline of the old Pilots logo could still be seen on the Brewers' uniforms. Selig's original intention had been to adopt navy and red as their colors, hearkening back to the minor league club (souvenir buttons sold at White Sox games at County Stadium featured the major league club's logo in that color combination), but with no time to order new uniforms, the Brewers adopted the blue and gold of the Pilots as their own. The short notice also forced the Brewers to assume the Pilots' old place in the AL West. While this resulted in natural rivalries with the White Sox and Twins, it also meant the Brewers faced the longest road trips in baseball. On the field, the Brewers were a nearly .500 team at County Stadium, while losing almost twice as many as they won on the road. Milwaukee finished tied for fourth in the American League West with a 65-97-1 record, 33 games behind the Minnesota Twins. The Brewers faithful may have found their new team to be less talented than the Braves, but they quickly found themselves cheering for a new cast of heroes, like Tailwind Tommy Harper, Mike Hegan, and Danny Walton.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Brewers play their first game on April 7 before 37,237 enthusiastic fans at County Stadium as Lew Krausse drops a 12-0 decision to Andy Messersmith and the Angels.  John O'Donoghue defeats the White Sox, 8-4, in Chicago on April 11th for the team's first win. 69-year-old Milt Mason, as "Bernie Brewer", goes into a trailer atop the stadium scoreboard in late June, vowing not to descend until the team draws a home crowd of 40,000, which occurs on August 16. Tommy Harper becomes the first AL player to hit more than 30 homers and steal more than 30 bases during the same season with totals of 31 and 38, respectively.
PICTURE TO THE RIGHT: Bud Selig of Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club Inc. reads a telegram from American League President Joe Cronin awarding the Seattle Pilots to the group on April 1, 1970. - Associated Press
PRE-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
January 15 - Traded Don Mincher and Ron Clark to Oakland in exchange for Phil Roof, Mike Hershberger, Lew Krausse and Ken Sanders
April 1 - Steve Barber released
April 4 - Traded Roy Foster, Frank Coggins and cash to Cleveland in  exchange for Max Alvis and Russ Snyder
April 5 - Purchased Ted Savage from Cincinnati.
REGULAR SEASON
April 15 - Fernando Gonzalez released
May 10 - Traded Wayne Comer to Washington in exchange for Hank Allen and Ron Theobald
May 13 - Rich Rollins released
May 18 - Traded John Donaldson to Oakland in exchange for Roberto Pena
June 9 - Purchased Bob Burda from San Francisco.
June 11 - Traded Steve Hovley to Oakland in exchange for Al Downing and Tito Francona
June 15 - Traded Dick Baney and Buzz Stephen to Baltimore in exchange for Dave May. Bob Humphreys signed as a free agent. Sold Bob Locker to Oakland. Sold John O'Donoghue to
Montreal.
June 26 - Sold John Kennedy to Boston Red Sox
July 14 - Sold Greg Goossen to Washington Senators
August 7 - Purchased Dick Ellsworth from Cleveland Indians
August 20 - Purchased Floyd Wicker from Montreal Expos
September 10 - Lost Bobby Bolin to Boston Red Sox on waivers
POST-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
October 1 - Sixto Lezcano signed as a non-drafted free agent
October 16 - Received George Kopacz from Pittsburgh for future considerations
October 20 - Traded Jerry McNertney, George Lauzerique and Jesse Higgins to St. Louis for Carl Taylor and Jim Ellis. Max Alvis released. Purchased Les Rohr and Larry Bearnarth from NY Mets.
October 24 - Bill Castro signed as a non-drafted free agent. Sam Mejias signed as a non-drafted free agent
October 27 - Tito Francona released
November 10 - Mike Hershberger released
November 30 - Major League Draft - Lost Ron Tompkins to Chicago Cubs.
December 2 - Traded Hank Allen, Paul Click and John Ryan to Atlanta Braves in exchange for Bob Tillman.
The History of Bernie Brewer
The concept of a team mascot first emerged back in 1970 when the expansion team needed to draw more fans to the park. That year, the first "Bernie Brewer", 69 year old Milt Mason, camped out in a trailer atop the scoreboard in late June, vowing not to come down until a crowd of at least 40,000 attended a game. On August 16, a bat day crowd of 44,387 showed up to bring their adopted hero down from his perch. The demand for Bernie Brewer grew, and by 1973 he emerged as a character who cheered on the home team from a beer-barreled chalet. He would slide down from his perch into a beer stein following each Brewers home run and victory. Bernie Brewer became a fixture at Brewers home games through the club's powerful years when home runs came with regularity for teams known as Bambi's Bombers and Harvey's Wallbangers. (SOURCE: Milwaukee Brewers, "Bernie Brewer"
Max Alvis was traded along with outfielder Russ Snyder to the Brewers for infielder Frank Coggins, outfielder Roy Foster and cash during 1970 spring training. As a backup in Milwaukee, he hit .183 with three homers in 62 games, being released at the end of the season.
April 3rd - Manager Dave Bristol models one of the new uniforms his team will be wearing now that the Pilots have become the Milwaukee Brewers. Catcher Jerry McNertney wears one of the old uniforms (Source: Associated Press). NOTE: This was one of the prototype uniforms the Brewers did not choose to wear.
1970 MILWAUKEE BREWERS MONTH-BY-MONTH RECORD
       Total           Home              Away                Composite
Mon  W  L  RS  RA   W  L  RS  RA   W  L  RS  RA   W   L POS    GB  RS  RA
APR  5 15  81 110   0  4  12  34   5 11  69  76   5  15   6 - 8.0  81 110
MAY 10 15 116 146  10  5  80  83   0 10  36  63  15  30   6 -16.5 197 256
JUN 11 18 110 140   7 11  64  80   4  7  46  60  26  48   6 -21.0 307 396
JUL 12 18 110 128   8 11  76  81   4  7  34  47  38  66   5 -27.0 417 524
AUG 12 17  94 117   5  5  32  33   7 12  62  84  50  83   5 -27.5 511 641
SEP 15 13  98 105   8  6  49  51   7  7  49  54  65  96  T4 -32.0 609 746
OCT  0  1   4   5   0  0   0   0   0  1   4   5  65  97   4 -33.0 613 751
Eliminated from playoff contention : September 1, 1970 * Longest Winning Streak - 5 (May 6 to May 10) * Longest Losing Streak - 9 (April 27 to May 5) * Most Runs Allowed - 12 (April 7, April 30,  and July 26) * Most Runs Scored - 16 (April 12) * Times Shutout by Opponent - 11 * Times Opponent Shutout - 2 BOLD - Milwaukee in first place - A-10 innings B-11 innings C-12 innings D-13 innings E-14 innings F-15 innings
1970 MILWAUKEE BREWERS VERSUS OPPONENTS
           Total                   Home                   Away
Team     G   W   L   RS   RA   G   W   L   RS   RA    G   W   L   RS   RA
Total  163  65  97  613  751  81  38  42  313  362   82  27  55  300  389
BAL A   12   5   7   44   47   6   1   5   18   23    6   4   2   26   24
BOS A   12   7   5   60   57   6   4   2   28   28    6   3   3   32   29
CAL A   18   6  12   58   86   9   3   6   36   58    9   3   6   22   28
CHI A   18  11   7   88   68   8   5   3   27   24   10   6   4   61   44
CLE A   12   5   7   56   65   6   2   4   24   34    6   3   3   32   31
DET A   12   4   8   46   60   6   4   2   30   27    6   0   6   16   33
KC  A   18   6  12   55   85   9   4   5   33   39    9   2   7   22   46
MIN A   18   5  13   58   91   9   3   6   30   42    9   2   7   28   49
NY  A   13   3   9   53   66   7   2   4   29   36    6   1   5   24   30
OAK A   18   8  10   50   69   9   5   4   29   31    9   3   6   21   38
WAS A   12   5   7   45   57   6   5   1   29   20    6   0   6   16   37

1970 MILWAUKEE BREWERS (65-97)
T-4th, 33 Games Back (AL West) - Manager : Dave Bristol