February 16 - Brewers coach Harvey Kuenn has his right leg amputated below the knee after four operations to remove a blood clot March 6 - Brewers manager George Bamberger suffers a heart attack at the club's Sun City, AZ, training camp. Coach Buck Rodgers is named interim manager for Bamberger, who will undergo quintuple coronary bypass surgery on March 26th and will not return to the dugout until June 6th April 10 - In front of a crowd of 53,313, Sixto Lezcano hits two homers - a 2-run shot in the 4th off Dennis Eckersley and a grand slam with two outs in the 9th inning - to give Milwaukee a 9-5 win over Boston and Dick Drago. Lezcano also opened the 1978 season with a grand slam, the only player to do it twice in Openers. The game features seven homers, including Carl Yastrzemski and Butch Hobson going deep in the 9th off Jim Slaton April 12 - Milwaukee bombs the Red Sox, 18-1, as they score nine runs in the second inning. Eight of the runs come on two grand slams, Cecil Cooper's knocking out starter Mike Torrez and Don Money ringing his up against Chuck Rainey. This is the 4th time in ML history that two grand slams have been hit in one inning April 29 - The Brewers smash seven home runs in a 14-1 rout of the Indians. Ben Oglivie and Sal Bando lead the way with two apiece May 4 - White Sox 1B Mike Squires catches the final inning of an 11-1 loss to the Brewers, becoming the first lefthander to catch in the majors since Dale Long in 1958 May 31 - The Boston Red Sox hit six home runs, 4 in the 4th inning, including three in succession (Tony Perez, Carlton Fisk, Butch Hobson), but lose to the Brewers 19-8 June 6 - On "Welcome back, Bambi" Night in Milwaukee, the Brewers give their manager an 8-4 win over the Tigers. Bamberger suffered a heart attack in spring training and coach Buck Rodgers managed the team for the first 46 games. Bambi will retire on September 7th and Rodgers will again take over. Milwaukee is in 2nd place, three 1/2 games in back of New York June 12 - Former Brewers outfielder Danny Thomas, 29, hangs himself in a jail cell in Mobile, Alabama. Thomas, who was charged with raping a 12-year old girl less than two weeks ago, played for Milwaukee in 1976 and 1977 July 26 - Orioles' ace Steve Stone tops Mike Caldwell and the Brewers, 4-1, for his 14th straight win September 5 - Insisting his decision is not health-related, George Bamberger announces that he will step down as the Brewers manager following tomorrow's game against Texas. He will be replaced by Buck Rodgers September 18 - At Milwaukee, the Twins lose 9-8 to the Brewers, wasting Gary Ward's hitting for the cycle October 1 - Batting 9th, Milwaukee's Charlie Moore hits for the cycle to lead the Brewers to a 10-7 win over the Angels October 2 - The Yankees clinch their 4th AL East title in five seasons, beating Detroit 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Reggie Jackson hits his 41st home run of the season and will share the AL home run crown with Milwaukee's Ben Oglivie
PRE-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
April 3 - Ray Fosse released
REGULAR SEASON TRANSACTIONS
May 16 - Chuck Porter signed as a free agent
June 6 - George Bamberger returned as manager
July 24 - Bill Lyons signed as a non-drafted free agent
September 1 - Claimed John Poff from Philadelphia
September 7 - George Bamberger resigned as manager. Buck Rodgers named manager.
September 22 - Purchased Jamie Easterly from Montreal
POST-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
October 22 - Granted Free Agency to Bill Castro
October 28 - Granted Free Agency to Vic Harris
November 22 - Granted Free Agency to Bill Travers
December 9 (ML Draft) - Selected Tom Candiotti from Kansas City
December 12 - Traded Sixto Lezcano, David Green, Lary Sorensen and Dave LaPoint to St. Louis for Pete Vuckovich, Rollie Fingers and Ted Simmons
December 19 - Granted Free Agency to Fred Holdsworth
December 20 - Roy Howell signed 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 Vancouver Canadians  79  60 .568 + 4.5   1/5 Bob Didier                     Bobby Smith           .316 Larry Rush              86 Larry Rush               14 Rickey Keeton         10 Fred Holdsworth   2.67
AA  EL  Holyoke Millers      78  61 .561 +10.0   1/5 Lee Sigman                     Kevin Bass            .300 David Green             67 Robert Schuster          17 Rick Kranitz          13 Gerald Ako        2.88
A   Cal Stockton Ports       90  51 .638 +15.0   1/5 Tony Muser                     Stanley Davis         .313 Bill Schroeder          97 Bob Skube                19 Jamie Cocanower       17 Mike Madden       1.95
A   MWL Burlington Bees      70  72 .493 - 5.5   2/4 Duane Espy                     Stan Levi             .299 Johnny Evans            68 K.Kingsolver/J.Evans     12 David Grier           16 Bengie Biggins    2.27
R   PL  Butte Copper Kings   29  40 .420 -14.5   4/4 Ken Richardson                 Randy Ready           .376 Gerald Miller           67 Gerald Miller             9 Four players tied at   4 Stephen Parrott   4.08
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
HOLYOKE - OF Kevin Bass, MGR Lee Sigman STOCKTON - 1B Stan Davis, P Jaime Cocanower (Co-MVP), P Jim Koontz BURLINGTON - OF Stan Levi BUTTE - 2B Randy Ready, OF Dion James
PLAYOFFS
VANCOUVER - Lost to Hawaii in Northern Division playoffs, 2 games to 1 HOLYOKE - Defeated Buffalo in Northern Division playoffs, 2 games to 0; Defeated Waterbury in championship, 2 games to 1 STOCKTON - Defeated Visalia in championship, 3 games to 0 BURLINGTON - Lost to Quad Cities in Southern Division playoffs, 2 games to 1
INFIELD                  G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR 1979 Team                                    Acquired
Sal Bando (3B)          78 36 R R 6- 0 195  4 15 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent - Oakland (10-31-76)
Cecil Cooper (1B)      153 30 L L 6- 2 190  4 10 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Boston (12-6-76)
Jim Gantner (2B-3B)    132 26 L R 5-11 175  5  5 MILWAUKEE                                    1974 June Draft - 12th (268th)
Vic Harris (2B-OF)      34 30 B R 6- 0 170  1  8 Vancouver (AAA)                              Free Agent - San Francisco (3-6-79)
Paul Molitor (3B-2B)   111 24 R R 6- 0 195  3  3 MILWAUKEE                                    1977 June Draft - 1st (3rd)
Don Money (3B)          86 33 R R 6- 1 190  8 13 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade – Philadelphia (10-31-72)
Ed Romero (SS-2B)       42 22 R R 5-11 180  2  2 Vancouver (AAA)                              Free Agent (11-14-75)
Robin Yount (SS)       143 24 R R 6- 0 180  7  7 MILWAUKEE                                    1973 June Draft - 1st (3rd)
OUTFIELD
Mark Brouhard           45 24 R R 6- 1 210  1  1 El Paso (AA)                                 1979 Rule 5 Draft - California (12-3-79)
Dick Davis             106 26 R R 6- 3 195  3  3 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent (7-10-72)
Larry Hisle             17 33 R R 6- 2 195  2 11 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent - Minnesota (11-17-1977)
Sixto Lezcano          112 26 R R 5-11 175  7  7 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent (10-1-70)
Ben Oglivie            156 31 L L 6- 2 170  2  9 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Detroit (12-9-77)
John Poff (1B)          19 27 L L 6- 2 190  1  2 PHILADELPHIA - Oklahoma City (AAA)           Waivers - Philadelphia (9-1-80)
Gorman Thomas          162 29 R R 6- 2 210  7  7 MILWAUKEE                                    Purchase - Texas (2-8-78)
CATCHERS
Buck Martinez           76 31 R R 5-11 200  3 11 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - St. Louis (12-8-77)
Charlie Moore (OF)     111 27 R R 5-11 180  8  8 MILWAUKEE                                    1971 June Draft – 5th (97th)
Ned Yost                15 25 R R 6- 1 190  1  1 Vancouver (AAA)                              1977 Rule 5 Draft - New York-NL (12-5-77)
STARTING PITCHERS    GS  G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR 1978 Team                                    Acquired
Mike Caldwell        33 34 31 R L 6- 0 185  4 10 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Cincinnati (6-15-77)
Reggie Cleveland     13 45 32 R R 6- 1 195  2 12 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Texas (12-15-78)
Moose Haas           33 33 24 R R 6- 0 180  5  5 MILWAUKEE                                    1974 June Draft - 2nd (30th)
Paul Mitchell        11 17 30 R R 6- 1 195  2  6 SEATTLE - MILWAUKEE                          Trade - Seattle (6-7-79)
Lary Sorensen        29 35 24 R R 6- 2 210  4  4 MILWAUKEE                                    1976 June Draft - 8th (172nd)
Bill Travers         25 29 27 L L 6- 6 200  7  7 MILWAUKEE                                    1970 June Draft - 6th (124th)
RELIEF PITCHERS
Jerry Augustine       1 39 28 L L 6- 0 185  6  6 MILWAUKEE                                    1974 Jun Draft - 15th (340th)
Dan Boitano           0 11 27 R R 6- 0 185  2  3 MILWAUKEE - Vancouver (AAA)                  Trade - Philadelphia (3-28-79)
Bill Castro           0 56 26 R R 5-11 170  6  6 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent (10-24-70)
John Flinn            1 20 25 R R 6- 0 175  1  3 BALTIMORE - Rochester (AAA)                  Trade - Baltimore (12-6-79)
Fred Holdsworth       0  9 28 R R 6- 1 190  1  7 Evansville (AA) - Montgomery (A)             Purchase - Detroit (12-4-79)
Rickey Keeton         5  5 23 R R 6- 2 190  1  1 Vancouver (AAA)                              1978 June Draft - 3rd (60th)
Dave LaPoint          3  5 21 L L 6- 3 215  1  1 Stockton (A)                                 1977 June Draft - 10th (237th)
Bob McClure           5 52 27 B L 5-11 170  4  6 MILWAUKEE                                    Trade - Kansas City (3-15-77)
Jim Slaton            3  3 30 R R 6- 0 185  9 10 MILWAUKEE                                    Free Agent - Detroit (11-28-78)
AGE - Players age as of June 30th * - Traded or released during the season
1980 MILWAUKEE BREWERS (86-76)
3rd, 17 Games Back (AL East)
 Manager : Buck Rodgers (26-21), George Bamberger (47-45) and Rodgers (13-10)