PRE-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
February 26 - Sold Eduardo Rodriguez to Kansas City
March 6 - Vic Harris signed as a free agent
March 7 - Bob Gibson signed as a non-drafted free agent
March 20 - Traded Jack Heidemann to Seattle for player to be named
March 27 - Purchased Skip James from San Francisco
March 28 - Traded Gary Beare to Philadelphia for Dan Boitano
REGULAR SEASON TRANSACTIONS
April 15 - Clay Carroll signed as a free agent
May 11 - Purchased Lance Rautzhan from Los Angeles
June 7 - Traded Randy Stein to Seattle for Paul Mitchell
July 18 - Mike Madden signed as a free agent
POST-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
October 11 - Juan Castillo signed as a non-drafted free agent
October 24 - Traded Lance Rautzhan to Kansas City for Kevin Gillen
October 26 - Traded Mark Bomback to NY Mets for Dwight Bernard
November 1 - Granted Free Agency to Jim Wohlford
December 3 (MLB Draft) - Selected Mark Brouhard from California
December 4 - Purchased Fred Holdsworth from Detroit
December 6 - Traded Lenn Sakata to Baltimore for John Flinn
April 5 - At Yankee Stadium, 52,719 see Milwaukee jump on Ron Guidry for four runs in the 6th inning and beat New York 5-1. It's the most runs the Cy Young winner has allowed since 1977. The Yanks get singles from their first three hitters, but manage to score just one run in the first off Mike Caldwell May 2 - Bobby Bonds hits his 300th home run, against Moose Haas, in a 6-1 loss to Milwaukee. He has 413 SBs at the time and becomes the 2nd player, after Willie Mays, to have 300 SBs and 300 home runs July 5 - University of Hawaii lefty Derek Tatsuno, selected in the 2nd round of the June draft by the Padres, signs with a subsidiary of the Seibu Lions for $750,000. Tatsuno, of Japanese-American descent, set an NCAA record of 20 wins (in 22 starts). He will finally sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, who select him in January of 1982 but he will be ineffective in the minors July 8 - Ben Oglivie has three home runs in three at bats as the Brewers beat the Tigers 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader. Oglivie drives in the winning run in the 2nd game as the Brewers take it 3-1 July 27 - The Brewers edge the Yankees 6-5 and Cecil Cooper becomes the 4th American League player this month to hit three home runs in a game August 5 - The Red Sox demolish the Brewers in a doubleheader 7-2 and 19-5. The Sox amass 27 hits in the 2nd game, and are the first team in 30 years to score in eight innings. The only inning in which they fail to score is the 4th, when the first two batters reach base. The scoring deluge makes it easy for manager Don Zimmer, who uses three relief pitchers, each tossing three innings. Dutch-born Win Remmerswaal, the middle pitcher, picks up his first ML win August 11 - Against the Brewers at Fenway, Jim Rice belts his 30th homer, giving him three straight seasons with 30 or more homers. Only three Red Sox, Jimmy Foxx (5 straight years) and Williams (4 straight), have done it. But Milwaukee wins, 9-6 August 18 - After six straight wins, the 3rd place Brewers lose to Texas 7-3. But the 49,172 fans give Milwaukee a new season record. They'll finish in 2nd place with a team record 1,918, 343 in attendance August 29 - Kansas City blasts Milwaukee pitching for an 18-8 victory. Brett and Otis hit back-to-back home runs in the 8-run 4th, after LaCock hits a 3-run home run in the 5-run 3rd. Milwaukee finally uses 3B Sal Bando for three innings on the mound (2 runs), 2B Jim Gantner for an inning (no runs), and C Buck Martinez (1 run) in relief September 5- Matt Keough of the A's beats the Brewers 6-1 for his first victory after 14 straight losses. He ended 1978 with four defeats and barely avoided tying the American League record of 19 consecutive losses September 30 - Minnesota's Jerry Koosman defeats Milwaukee 5-0 on the final day of the season for his 20th win of the year. It is the only time the Brewers are shut out the entire year, as they fail to tie a record set by the Yankees in 1932. The Brew Crew scored in 213 straight games.
TEAM                          W   L .PCT    GB   POS MANAGER                        LEADING BATTER - AVERAGE   LEADING BATTER - RBIS      HOME RUN LEADER             LEADING PITCHER - WINS   LEADING PITCHER -  ERA
AAA PCL Vancouver Canadians  79  68 .537 + 5.0   1/5 John Felske                    Billy Severns         .318 Craig Ryan              81 Craig Ryan               16 Mark Bomback          22 Mark Bomback      2.56
AA  EL  Holyoke Millers      63  76 .453 -20.0   5/6 George Farson                  Thomas Soto           .290 Don Whiting             78 D. Whiting/B. Foley      18 Rene Quinones         10 Rene Quinones     3.51
A   Cal Stockton Ports       73  68 .518 - 1.0   2.5 Lee Sigman                     John Skorochocki      .300 Eddie Brunson           71 Doug Loman                9 D. LaPoint/T. Torres  12 Gerald Ako        2.87
A   MWL Burlington Bees      53  83 .390 -25.5   4/4 Duane Espy                     Johnny Evans          .274 Stanley Davis           81 Stanley Davis            19 Doug Jones            10 Doug Jones        1.75
R   PL  Butte Copper Kings   32  34 .485 - 9.5   3/4 Ken Richardson-Tom Gamboa      Bill Schroeder        .355 Bill Schroeder          77 Bill Schroeder           18 David Grier            6 Steve Chritianson 2.57
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
VANCOUVER - 2B Lenn Sakata, P Mark Bomback HOLYOKE - SS Thomas Soto STOCKTON - OF Eddie Brunson BURLINGTON - P Doug Jones BUTTE - C Kurtis Kingsolver
PLAYOFFS
VANCOUVER - Lost to Hawaii in Northern Division playoffs, 2 games to 1 STOCKTON - Defeated Lodi in Northern Division playoffs, 2 games to 0; Lost to San Jose in championship, 3 games to 2
INFIELD                  G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR 1978 Team                                    Acquired
Sal Bando (3B)         130 35 R R 6- 0 195  3 14 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent - Oakland (10-31-76)
Cecil Cooper (1B)      150 29 L L 6- 2 190  3  9 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Boston (12-6-76)
Jim Gantner (2B-3B)     70 25 L R 5-11 175  4  4 MILWAUKEE                                    1974 June Draft - 12th (268th)
Paul Molitor (3B-2B)   140 22 R R 6- 0 195  2  2 MILWAUKEE                                    1977 June Draft - 1st (3rd)
Don Money (3B)          92 32 R R 6- 1 190  7 12 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade – Philadelphia (10-31-72)
Tim Nordbrook (SS)       2 29 R R 6- 1 180  2  6 TORONTO - MILWAUKEE                          Trade - Toronto (4-28-78)
Lenn Sakata (2B-SS)      4 25 R R 5- 9 160  3  3 MILWAUKEE - Spokane (AAA)                    1975 January Draft - 1st (10th)
Robin Yount (SS)       149 23 R R 6- 0 180  6  6 MILWAUKEE                                    1973 June Draft - 1st (3rd)
OUTFIELD
Dick Davis              99 25 R R 6- 3 195  2  2 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent (7-10-72)
Larry Hisle             26 32 R R 6- 2 195  1 10 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent - Minnesota (11-17-1977)
Sixto Lezcano          138 25 R R 5-11 175  4  4 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent (10-1-70)
Ben Oglivie            139 30 L L 6- 2 170  1  8 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Detroit (12-9-77)
Gorman Thomas          156 28 R R 6- 2 210  5  5 MILWAUKEE                                    Purchase - Texas (2-8-78)
Jim Wohlford            63 28 R R 5-11 175  2  7 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Kan City (12-6-76)
CATCHERS
Ray Fosse               19 32 R R 6- 2 215  1 12 None                                         Free Agency - Cleveland (12-31-77)
Buck Martinez           69 30 R R 5-11 200  2 10 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - St. Louis (12-8-77)
Charlie Moore (OF)     111 26 R R 5-11 180  7  7 MILWAUKEE                                    1971 June Draft – 5th (97th)
STARTING PITCHERS    GS  G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR 1978 Team                                    Acquired
Mike Caldwell        30 30 30 R L 6- 0 185  3  9 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Cincinnati (6-15-77)
Moose Haas           28 29 23 R R 6- 0 180  4  4 MILWAUKEE                                    1974 June Draft - 2nd (30th)
Jim Slaton           31 31 29 R R 6- 0 185  8  9 DETROIT                                      Free Agency - Detroit (11-28-78)
Lary Sorensen        34 34 23 R R 6- 2 210  3  3 MILWAUKEE                                    1976 June Draft - 8th (172nd)
Bill Travers         27 30 26 L L 6- 6 200  6  6 MILWAUKEE                                    1970 June Draft - 6th (124th)
RELIEF PITCHERS
Jerry Augustine       2 43 27 L L 6- 0 185  5  5 MILWAUKEE                                    1974 Jun Draft - 15th (340th)
Dan Boitano           0  5 26 R R 6- 0 185  1  2 PHILADELPHIA - Oklahoma City (AAA)           Trade - Philadelphia (3-28-79)
Bill Castro           0 39 27 R R 5-11 170  5  5 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent (10-24-70)
Reggie Cleveland      1 29 31 R R 6- 1 195  1 11 BOSTON - TEXAS                               Trade - Texas (12-15-78)
Bob Galasso           0 31 27 L R 6- 1 205  1  2 Spokane (AAA)                                Waivers - Seattle (4-1-78)
Bob McClure           0 36 26 B L 5-11 170  3  5 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Kansas City (3-15-77)
Paul Mitchell         8 18 29 R R 6- 1 195  1  5 SEATTLE                                      Trade - Seattle (6-7-79)
Lance Rautzhan        0  3 27 R L 6- 1 195  1  3 LOS ANGELES - Albuquerque (AAA)              Purchase - Los Angeles (5-11-79)
Andy Replogle         0  3 25 R R 6- 5 205  2  2 MILWAUKEE                                    Waivers - Baltimore (4-4-78)
AGE - Players age as of June 30th * - Traded or released during the season
1979 MILWAUKEE BREWERS (95-66)
2nd, 8 Games Back (AL East)
 Manager : George Bamberger