January 1 - Brewers P Danny Frisella, 30, is killed in a dune buggy accident near Phoenix, Arizona April 7 - Before 43,785 in the Opener at Yankee Stadium, Catfish Hunter holds the Brewers to five hits, three by Von Joshua, as the Yankees win 3-0. Von's last hit strikes Catfish in the instep and he leaves after seven innings of work. Sparky Lyle pitches the last two innings. Jim Wynn has two hits for New York, including a homer in his first Yankee at-bat. Reggie Jackson, in his first start as a Yankee, also has two hits and two runs, one on a suicide squeeze by Willie Randolph April 16 - In Milwaukee, Cecil Cooper hits a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 9th off Sparky Lyle to tie the Yankees 3-3, then a Sal Bando triple and single by Steve Brye wins it May 20 - Eight homers, four by each team, are hit in the Brewers 15-7 win over the Red Sox. Jerry Augustine goes the distance for his 5thm win May 22 - The Red Sox split a doubleheader with the Brewers, winning the opener 14-10. The two teams tie a major-league record in Game One when they combine for 11 home runs, six by Boston. Dwight Evans clocks one of the homers over the new upper section of the CF wall, about 20 feet to the right of the flagpole. In the past three games, the two teams hit 23 homers. Eddie Rodriguez stops the slugging in game 2, allowing two Boston hits to win, 6-0 June 8 - On the strength of a 9-2 victory by Mike Torrez over the Brewers, the Yankees move into first place June 24 - 2B Don Money ties the AL mark with 12 assists in a 7-1 win over Seattle July 10 - In the first of a twinbill with the Brewers, the Red Sox strand a ML-record tying 20 runners, but still win, 8-5 July 12 - Willie Randolph hits the game-winning homer and Don Gullett pitches the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Brewers. The win stops the Yanks loss streak at three games July 21 - Catfish Hunter tosses a 7-0 shut out against the Brewers to snap the Yankees 3-game losing streak. Milwaukee comes back in the nitecap to win, 5-4, in 10 innings. July 23 - Paul Blair hits a 9th inning 3-run homer to give the Yankees Ron Guidry a 3-1 victory over the Brewers August 14 - After taking the opener, 12-5, the Indians light up Milwaukee's Bill Travers for 18 hits and 14 runs to win, 14-5. It will be 21 years before another pitcher - Mike Oquist on August 3, 1998 versus the Yankees - allows 14 runs September 14 - In an 8-5 Milwaukee win, veteran Ken McMullen hits a pinch homer for the Brewers in the 8th inning against Seattle's Tom House. The homer, McMullen's 156th, comes on his last ML at bat. He'll be released in December and retire.
PRE-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
January 4 - Signed Ken Sanders as a free agent
February 17 - Released Gary Sutherland
February 25 - Purchased Ken McMullen from Oakland
March 21 - Purchased Steve Brye from Minnesota
March 23 - Selected Rich Folkers off waivers from San Diego
REGULAR SEASON TRANSACTIONS
May 7 - Signed Mark Bomback as a free agent
June 7 - Drafted Paul Molitor in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the amateur draft. Player signed June 24
June 15 - Traded Dick O'Keefe (minors) and Garry Pyka (minors) to Cincinnati for Mike Caldwell
July 11 - Signed Frank DiPino as a free agent
July 15 - Released Mike Hegan
July 26 - Signed Jimmy Wynn as a free agent
August 20 - Traded a player to be named later to Texas for Ed Kirkpatrick. Sent Gorman Thomas (October 25, 1977) to Texas
POST-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
October 28 - Released Jimmy Wynn
November 2 - Tom Hausman granted Free Agency
November 17 - Signed Larry Hisle as a free agent
December 5 - Drafted Ned Yost from the NY Mets in the Rule 5 draft
December 6 - Sold Kevin Kobel to the NY Mets. Jesus Vega selected by
Minnesota in the minor league draft
December 8 - Traded George Frazier to St. Louis for Buck Martinez
December 9 - Traded Jim Slaton and Rich Folkers to Detroit for Ben Oglivie
December 14 - Released Ken McMullen
December 15 - Purchased Andy Etchebarren from California Angels
December 31 - Signed Ray Fosse as a free agent
TEAM                           W   L .PCT    GB  POS MANAGER                        LEADING BATTER - AVERAGE   LEADING BATTER - RBIS      HOME RUN LEADER            LEADING PITCHER - WINS   LEADING PITCHER -   ERA
AAA PCL Spokane Indians       75  69 .521 - 3.0  2/4 John Felske                    Dick Davis            .355 Gorman Thomas          114 Gorman Thomas           36 Tom Hausman           13 Tom Hausman        4.22
AA  EL  Holyoke Millers       73  66 .525 -13.5  3/4 Matt Galante                   Lanny Phillips        .321 Ike Blessitt           104 Gary Holle              30 Frazier/Bomback       12 Dale Hrovat        2.64
A   MWL Burlington Bees       71  68 .511 - 8.5  5/5 Denis Menke                    Jesus Vega            .313 Steve Splitt            97 Jesus Vega              23 Willie Mueller        15 William Dick       2.79
A   NYP Newark Co-Pilots      43  29 .597 - 1.0  2/5 Dennis Holmberg                Kevin Bass            .296 Bill Foley              42 Bill Foley              13 Gerald Erb             7 Ronald Driver      1.68
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 ALLSTARS
Spokane - 3B Jim Gantner Holyoke - OF Lanny Phillips Burlington - SS Paul Molitor (MVP), OF Steve Splitt, MGR Denis Menke Newark - C Bill Foley
PLAYOFFS
Burlington - Defeated Cedar Rapids in Southern Division playoff, 1 game to 0; Defeated Waterloo in championship, 2 games to 0
INFIELD                  G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR 1976 Team                                    Acquired
Sal Bando (3B)         159 33 R R 6- 0 195  1 12 OAKLAND                                      Free Agent - Oakland (10-31-76)
Cecil Cooper (1B)      160 27 L L 6- 2 190  1  7 BOSTON                                       Trade - Boston (12-6-76)
Jim Gantner (2B-3B)     14 23 L R 5-11 175  2  2 MILWAUKEE - Berkshire (AA)                   1974 June Draft - 12th (268th)
*-Mike Hegan (1B-OF)    35 34 L L 6- 1 190  7 12 MILWAUKEE                                    Purchase – New York-AL (5-13-74)
Jack Heidemann (SS)      5 27 R R 6- 0 178  2  8 NEW YORK-NL                                  Trade – New York-NL (6-22-76)
Tim Johnson (SS-2B)     30 27 L R 6- 3 185  5  5 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade – Los Angeles (4-24-73)
Ken McMullen (3B)       63 35 R R 6- 3 195  1 16 OAKLAND                                      Purchase - Oakland (2-25-77)
Don Money (3B)         152 30 R R 6- 1 190  5 10 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade – Philadelphia (10-31=72)
Ed Romero (SS-2B)       10 19 R R 5-11 180  1  1 Burlington (A)                               Free Agent (11-14-75)
Lenn Sakata (2B-SS)     53 23 R R 5- 9 160  1  1 Spokane (AAA)                                1975 Jan Draft - 1st (10th)
Bob Sheldon (2B)        31 26 L R 6- 0 170  3  3 Spokane (AAA)                                1972 June Draft - 22nd (507th)
Robin Yount (SS)       154 21 R R 6- 0 180  4  4 MILWAUKEE                                    1973 June Draft - 1st (3rd)
OUTFIELD
Steve Brye              94 28 R R 6- 0 190  1  7 MINNESOTA                                    Purchase - Minnesota (3-21-77)
Dick Davis              22 23 R R 6- 3 195  1  1 Berkshire (AA)                               Free Agent (7-10-72)
Von Joshua             144 29 L L 5-10 170  2  9 SAN FRANCISCO - MILWAUKEE                    Purchase – San Francisco (6-2-76)
Ed Kirkpatrick (C)      29 32 L R 5-11 195  1 16 PITTSBURGH                                   Trade - Texas (8-20-77)
Sixto Lezcano          145 22 R R 5-11 175  3  3 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent (10-1-70)
Dan Thomas              32 25 R R 6- 2 190  1  1 MILWAUKEE - Berkshire (AA)                   1972 June Draft - 1st (6th)
Jim Wohlford           129 26 R R 5-11 175  1  6 KANSAS CITY                                  Trade - Kan City (12-6-76)
Jimmy Wynn              36 35 R R 5- 9 170  1 15 ATLANTA                                      Waivers - New York (7-26-1977)
CATCHERS
Larry Haney             63 34 R R 6- 2 195  2 11 OAKLAND                                      Purchase - Oakland (12-6-76)
Charlie Moore          138 24 R R 5-11 180  5  5 MILWAUKEE                                    1971 June Draft – 5th (97th)
Jamie Quirk (3B)        93 22 L R 6- 4 200  1  3 KANSAS CITY                                  Trade - Kansas City (12-6-76)
STARTING PITCHERS    GS  G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR 1976 Team                                    Acquired
Jerry Augustine      33 33 24 L L 6- 0 185  3  3 MILWAUKEE                                    1974 June Draft - 15th (340th)
Mike Caldwell        12 21 28 R L 6- 0 185  1  7 SAN FRANCISCO                                Trade - Cincinnati (6-15-77)
Moose Haas           32 32 21 R R 6- 0 180  2  2 MILWAUKEE - Spokane (AAA)                    1974 June Draft - 2nd (30th)
Jim Slaton           31 32 27 R R 6- 0 185  7  7 MILWAUKEE                                    1969 June Draft - 15th (355th)
Lary Sorensen        20 23 21 R R 6- 2 210  1  1 Berkshire (AA) - Newark (A)                  1976 June Draft - 8th (172nd)
RELIEF PITCHERS
Gary Beare            6 17 24 R R 6- 4 205  2  2 MILWAUKEE-Spokane (AAA)-Berkshire (AA)       1974 June Draft - 5th (102nd)
Bill Castro           0 51 25 R R 5-11 170  3  3 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent (10-24-70)
Barry Cort            3  7 21 R R 6- 5 210  1  1 Berkshire (AA)                               1974 June Draft - 4th (78th)
Rich Folkers          0  3 30 L L 6- 2 180  1  7 SAN DIEGO                                    Waivers - San Diego (3-23-77)
Sam Hinds             1 29 23 R R 6- 6 215  1  1 Berkshire (AA)                               Free Agent (1-1-74)
Bob McClure           0 68 24 B L 5-11 170  1  3 KANSAS CITY - Omaha (AAA)                    Trade - Kansas City (3-15-77)
Eduardo Rodriguez     5 42 25 R R 6- 0 185  5  5 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent (11-26-71)
​AGE - Players age as of June 30th * - Traded or released during the season
1977 MILWAUKEE BREWERS (67-95)
6th, 33 Games Back (AL East)
 Manager : Alex Grammas