The Mississippi Braves, or M-Braves as they are referred to locally, are a minor league baseball team based in Pearl, Mississippi, a suburb of Jackson. The team is the Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, plays in the Southern League; the team is owned and operated by Liberty Media, which owns the Atlanta Braves. Liberty purchased the Braves from Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit in 2007. For 20 years, from 1984 to 2004, the Mississippi Braves were based in Greenville, South Carolina, known as the Greenville Braves. Due to the condition of Greenville Municipal Stadium, the failure to reach an agreement with the Greenville County council for a new ballpark, the team pursued relocation. Before the 2004 season, the Braves announced their intention to relocate to Pearl, after the season's conclusion; the Braves' first season began on April 18, 2005. The Braves opened their inaugural season in Trustmark Park with a loss against the Montgomery Biscuits. On September 13, 2008, the Mississippi Braves beat the Carolina Mudcats, 3–2, in the 10th inning of the decisive Game 5 of the Southern League Championship Series.
This was the M-Braves first championship since relocating to Mississippi and was the first Southern League title for Atlanta's Double-A franchise since 1997. All Mississippi Braves games are televised live on MiLB. TV. Beginning with the 2009 season, all regular and post-season Mississippi Braves games air on WYAB 103.9 FM. The current home play-by-play broadcaster is Blake Scott. Derrel Palmer voices away games, in addition to serving as the public address announcer at Trustmark Park. * Promoted directly to Atlanta. Official site Manager Phillip Wellman's tirade "Mississippi Braves Media Guide". 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2007-10-04. Mississippi Braves photos
1969 Major League Baseball season
The 1969 Major League Baseball season was celebrated as the 100th anniversary of professional baseball, honoring the first professional touring baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings. It was the first season of what is now called the "Divisional Era", where each league of 12 teams was divided into two divisions of six teams each; the winners of each division would compete against each other in a League Championship Series best-of-five, to determine the pennant winners that would face each other in the World Series. In a year marked by Major League Baseball's third expansion of the decade, the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles faced each other in the 1969 World Series. Having won the N. L. East Division with a league-best 100–62 record, sweeping the N. L. West Division Champion Atlanta Braves in three games in the first National League Championship Series, the "Miracle Mets" became the first expansion team to win a pennant, they faced the A. L. East Division Champion Orioles, holders of the best record in baseball, who swept the A.
L. West Division Champion Minnesota Twins in three games in the first American League Championship Series; the upstart Mets upset the favored Orioles and won the World Series title in five games. In an effort to counteract a trend of low-scoring games and pitching ruling overall, Major League Baseball adopted two measures during the Baseball Winter Meetings held in December 1968; the strike zone was reduced to the area over home plate between the armpits and the top of the knees of a batter. The height of the pitching mound was reduced from 15 inches to 10 inches, it was recommended that the slope be gradual and uniform in every park. A save became an official MLB statistic to reward relief pitchers who preserve a lead while finishing a game. MLB called for a four-team expansion to take place in 1971 at the 1967 Winter Meetings, the first expansion since 1962. However, there was a complication: influential U. S. Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri was irate over the American League's approval of Kansas City Athletics owner Charles O. Finley's arrangement to move his team to Oakland, for the 1968 season.
This happened though Finley had just signed a deal to play at Municipal Stadium at AL president Joe Cronin's behest, Jackson County, had just issued public bonds to build a stadium, the future Royals Stadium Symington drew up legislation to remove baseball's anti-trust exemption, threatened to pursue its passage if Kansas City did not get a new team. The Leagues agreed and moved expansion up to 1969, with the AL putting one of its new franchises in Kansas City. Ewing Kauffman won the bidding for that franchise, naming it the Kansas City Royals, after the local American Royal livestock show; the other AL team was awarded to Seattle. A consortium led by Dewey Soriano and William Daley won the bidding for the Seattle franchise, named it the Seattle Pilots, a salute to the harbor pilots of the Puget Sound maritime industry. In the NL, one franchise was awarded to California. C. Arnholdt Smith, former owner of the AAA Pacific Coast League's San Diego Padres, won the bidding for the San Diego franchise naming it the Padres.
Charles Bronfman, owner of Seagram, won the bidding for the Montreal franchise, naming them the Expos, in honor of the World's Fair that year. This was the last NL expansion until the 1993 season; as part of the 1969 expansion, each league was to be split into two divisions of six teams each, with each league holding a best-of-five League Championship Series to decide the pennant. The AL was divided purely along geographic lines, but when it came to assign divisions in the NL, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals insisted on being placed in the same division with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, on the basis that a schedule with more games with eastern teams would create a more lucrative schedule, thus and Cincinnati were placed in the NL West. This alignment addressed concerns that putting the league's three strongest clubs—St. Louis, San Francisco, the Cubs—in the west would result in divisional inequity; the Padres and Expos each finished at the bottom of their respective divisions.
The Royals did better, finishing in fourth in the AL West. Though the Pilots managed to avoid losing 100 games, financial trouble would lead to a battle for team control, ending with bankruptcy and the sale of the team to Bud Selig and its move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the Milwaukee Brewers for the 1970 season; the legal fallout of the battle would lead to another round of expansion for the AL in the 1977 season, with Seattle getting a new team called the Mariners. A special silhouetted batter logo, still in use by the league today, was created by Jerry Dior to commemorate the anniversary, it has served as inspiration for logos for other sports leagues in the United States—most notably the National Basketball Association, which used the silhouette of Jerry West to create their current logo, unveiled after the 1970–71 season as part of the 25th anniversary of its own founding. After the 1968 season, the Major League Baseball Players' Association and the owners had concluded the first collective bargaining agreement in major league history.
However, one point remained unresolved: the owners refused to increase their contribution to the players' pension plan commensurately with revenues from television broadcasts, which were increasing as more and more fans watched games that way. With the two sides at an impasse, at the beginning of the year the union called on players to refuse to sign contracts until the issue was resolved. Many
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp known as the Jacksonville Suns, are a minor league baseball team based in Jacksonville, Florida. The team is a member of the Southern League and is the class Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Two teams named the Suns have played in Jacksonville since 1962: a class Triple-A International League team from 1962–1968, the current Double-A team from 1970 to 2016. From 1985–1990 the team was known as the Jacksonville Expos, when they were affiliated with the Montreal Expos MLB team; the team rebranded itself as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on November 2, 2016 and began the 2017 season under the new name. The modern Jacksonville club has played in the Southern League longer than any other; the Suns won the International League title in 1968 and the Southern League championship in 1996, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2014. They play at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, an 11,000-person capacity, $34 million park that opened in 2003. Since moving to the facility the Suns were a top selling franchise in the Southern League.
In 2016, Forbes listed the Jumbo Shrimp as the 28th-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $27.5 million. Jacksonville has had minor league baseball nearly every year since the early 20th century. From 1904 to 1961 the city was home to minor league teams such as the Jacksonville Jays, the Jacksonville Tars, the Jacksonville Braves, as well as the Jacksonville Red Caps of the Negro Leagues; the former three teams all played in the South Atlantic League, which became the modern Southern League in 1964. The first team known as the Jacksonville Suns began play in the Triple-A International League in 1962; the team had been founded in Havana, where they were known as the Havana Sugar Kings. Following the Cuban Revolution in 1959 the team relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, but soon folded; the president was local baseball fixture Sam W. Wolfson the owner of the Jacksonville Braves. During this period a number of Major League stars played for the Suns, including Tommy John, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, the team won the International League championship in 1968.
Following that season the team's parent club, the New York Mets, decided to relocate the team to Virginia, where they became the Norfolk Tides. Jacksonville was without baseball in 1969, but in 1970 a new Suns team began play in the Double-A Southern League; the team was affiliated with both the Montreal Expos and the Milwaukee Brewers in its inaugural season, with the Cleveland Indians in 1971, with the Kansas City Royals from 1972–1984. Affiliation switched back to the Expos from 1985–1990, during which period the team was known as the Jacksonville Expos. Since it has been affiliated with the Seattle Mariners, the Detroit Tigers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, most the Miami Marlins; the Suns have appeared in the Southern League playoffs 15 times, won the championship in 1996, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2014. After winning the championship in 2009 and defending it in 2010, the Jacksonville Suns became the third team in Southern League history to defend a championship. Coincidentally, both previous teams to defend their championship were based in Montgomery: the Montgomery Rebels who defended their title between 1972-1973 and 1975-1977.
In 1998 with the Suns, Gabe Kapler won the Southern League Most Valuable Player Award, after leading the league with 28 home runs, leading the league in hits, doubles, RBIs, extra-base hits, total bases, sacrifice flies. In 2014, the Suns finished the regular season on a ten-game winning streak, edging out the Mississippi Braves by one game to win the second half South Division title outright. Including the playoffs, the 2014 Suns won 16 of their final 17 games on the year enroute to the franchise's sixth Southern League title; the Suns have played in the Southern League longer than any other team, their 41-year period in Jacksonville has become the longest continuous association between any city and a class Double-A team. The Suns played at Wolfson Park from 1962 until it was demolished in 2002. Since 2003 they have played at Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, an 11,000 seat, $34 million field created as part of the Better Jacksonville Plan. Since moving to the Baseball Grounds the Suns have led the Southern League in attendance, drawing over one million fans in their first four years.
The Suns' success has led to speculation. In November 2016 the Jacksonville Suns were renamed the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. All Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp games are televised live on MiLB. TV; the play-by-play broadcaster is Roger Hoover. Team relocated to Norfolk, VA in 1969. No team in Jacksonville that year. - 2001 Championship series cancelled because of 2001 terrorist attacks. Teams declared co-champions. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp players Jacksonville Suns players Jacksonville Expos players Jacksonsville Jumbo Shrimp
The Seattle Pilots were an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Pilots played their home games at Sick's Stadium and were a member of the West Division of Major League Baseball's American League. On April 1, 1970, they moved to Wisconsin; the "Pilots" name originated from the owner's part-time job as a harbor pilot and the city's association with the aviation industry. The team colors were royal gold. Seattle had long been a hotbed for minor league baseball and was home to the Seattle Rainiers, a successful team in the Pacific Coast League. At the time, Seattle was the third-biggest metropolitan area on the West Coast; the Cleveland Indians considered a move to Seattle in 1964 but opted to stay in Ohio. In 1967 Charles Finley looked to move his Kansas City Athletics to Seattle, but ended up moving the Athletics to Oakland, California. There was no real competition from other professional teams at the time. While Seattle had landed the National Basketball Association's SuperSonics in 1967, the NBA was not as popular as baseball was at the time.
The NFL would come to the city in 1976 with the addition of the expansion Seahawks. The lead man for the franchise ownership, Pacific Northwest Sports, Inc. was Dewey Soriano, a former Rainiers pitcher and general manager and former president of the Pacific Coast League. In an ominous sign of things to come, Soriano had to ask William R. Daley, who owned the Indians during the time they flirted with moving to Seattle, to underwrite much of the purchase price. In return, Soriano sold Daley 47% of the stock — the largest stake in the club, he became chairman of the board. A couple of factors were beyond the Pilots' control, they were not set to start play until 1971 along with the Kansas City Royals. However, the date was moved up to 1969 under pressure from Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri. Professional baseball had been played in Kansas City in one form or another from 1883 until the A's left for Oakland after the 1967 season, Symington would not accept the prospect of Kansas City having to wait three years for baseball to return.
The American League would not allow only one new team to enter the league, as the resulting odd number of teams would unbalance the schedule. That meant that Kansas Seattle had to be admitted together; the Pilots had to pay the PCL $1 million to compensate for the loss of one of its most successful franchises. After King County voters approved a bond for a domed stadium in February 1968 with 62% in favor, the Seattle Pilots were born. California Angels executive Marvin Milkes was hired as general manager, Joe Schultz, a coach with the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals, became manager. Schultz and Milkes both optimistically professed that the Pilots could finish third in the newly-formed, six-team American League West. However, the Pilots experienced the typical struggles of a first-year expansion team, they won their first game, their home opener three days but only won five more times in the first month. The Pilots managed to stay in reasonable striking distance of.500, at least through June, were only 6 games back of the division lead as late as June 28.
But a disastrous 9–20 July ended a faint hope of any kind of contention, though they were still in third place as late as August. The team finished the season in last place in the AL West with a record of 64-98, 33 games behind division winners Minnesota, 45 games behind league-leading Baltimore. However, the team's poor play was the least of its troubles; the most obvious problem was Sicks' Stadium. The longtime home of the Rainiers, it had once been considered one of the best ballparks in minor league baseball. By the 1960s, however, it was considered far behind the times. While a condition of awarding the Pilots to Seattle was that Sicks' had to be expanded to 30,000 seats, only 19,500 seats were ready by Opening Day because of numerous delays; the scoreboard was not ready until the night before the season opener. By June there were 25,000 seats in place. Water pressure was nonexistent after the seventh inning with crowds above 8,000; the Pilots had a total attendance of 677,944 people for the season, 20th in the 24-team league, their average attendance per game, 8,268, was 20th.
Seattle finished above fellow cellar dweller teams like the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, the expansion San Diego Padres. The other two expansion teams outdrew the Pilots, with the Kansas City Royals having 902,414 attend their games while the Montreal Expos finished 10th in attendance with 1,212,608; the highest attendance for a Pilot home game was 23,657, on August 3 against the New York Yankees. The lowest attendance for a Pilot home game was on April 29, their 17th game, when a reported 1,954 fans showed up to watch them play the California Angels; the Pilots lost several hundred thousand dollars their only season. The team's new stadium was slated to be built at the Seattle Center, but a petition by stadium opponents ground the project to a halt; the project was moved to south of downtown and developed for the Kingdome, since replaced by CenturyLink Field. By the end of the season, the Pilots were gasping. However, Daley refused to put up more financing, it was obvious that they would not survive long enough to move into their new park without new ownership.
It was obvious that such a move would have to happen as Sicks' Stadium was inadequate for temporary use. During the offseason, Soriano made contact with car salesman and former Milwa
TuneIn Inc. is an American audio streaming service delivering live news, sports and podcasts to over 60 million monthly active users. The company is based in California; the company was founded by Bill Moore in 2002 as RadioTime in Texas. Users can listen to radio on the TuneIn website, use a mobile app, smart speaker or another supported device; as of 2016 TuneIn is available on more than 55 vehicle models. The company raised over $47 million in venture funding from Institutional Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, GV, General Catalyst Partners, Icon Ventures. TuneIn's website and apps allow listening to streaming audio of over 100,000 radio networks and radio stations, including AM, FM, HD, LP, digital and internet stations. Additionally, over four million podcasts can be streamed. TuneIn's directory lists various sports, news and music broadcasts from around the world. TuneIn's website is available in 22 languages, each with its own content tailored for the specific language or region. In August 2015 a premium service was launched which includes audiobooks, sports content from MLB, NFL, NBA, news content from MSNBC, Al Jazeera and other content.
The paid version, “TuneIn Radio Pro” allows subscribers to record anything played through the TuneIn service. Recordings made by TuneIn Radio Pro can not be played on other devices. In March 2018, TuneIn launched another premium live audio subscription called "TuneIn Live," which offers play-by-play calls from thousands of live sporting events, plus access to premium news stations, talks shows and other content. TuneIn Live marked the first time; the service has more than 100,000 broadcast radio stations and four million on-demand programs and podcasts from around the world. TuneIn has deals with various broadcasters of sports, news and music worldwide like ESPN Radio, NPR, Public Radio International, CBC / Radio-Canada, C-SPAN Radio, All India Radio, AIR FM Gold, Emmis Communications, Hearst Radio, Radio One, mvyradio, Wu-Tang Radio, ABC Radio and Regional Content, Bonneville International, Sport Your Argument, talkSPORT, Westwood One Podcast Network. On June 25, 2018, Entercom announced that it would move online streaming of its stations to its in-house Radio.com platform, with legacy stations removed July 6, former CBS Radio stations were removed on August 1.
In turn, Cumulus Media joined the TuneIn platform on August 9, 2018. In August 2015, TuneIn announced deals with MLB and Premier League and the Bundesliga for live play-by-play coverage. In October 2015, NFL announced a deal with TuneIn to broadcast live, play-by-play coverage of all NFL games to its premium subscribers. On December 22, 2015, the National Hockey League announced that TuneIn would gain radio rights to the NHL. TuneIn would create an individual station for every NHL team to simulcast their home market broadcasts on. Additionally, TuneIn would create a replay channel for each team so fans could listen to the games archived, they would create a 24/7 NHL Channel, the NHL would embed TuneIn's player onto the NHL.com website. All TuneIn NHL items would be made available to the public for free; the first broadcasts for TuneIn began Jan. 1, 2016. On February 15, 2019 the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball announced that TuneIn would be launching a 24/7 exclusive A’s station which would include free streaming of all A’s games within the team's market as well as exclusive team programming.
In August 2015, the service launched deals with book publishers including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins to provide an audiobook library. In December 2017, TuneIn announced that it would remove audiobooks as of January 15, 2018. Official website
Huntsville is a city located in Madison County in the Appalachian region of northern Alabama. Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County; the city extends south into Morgan County. Huntsville's population was 180,105 as of the 2010 census. Huntsville is the third-largest city in Alabama and the largest city in the five-county Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville, AL Combined Statistical Area, which at the 2013 census estimate had a total population of 683,871; the Huntsville Metropolitan Area's population was 417,593 in 2010 to become the 2nd largest in Alabama. Huntsville metro's population reached 441,000 by 2014, it grew across nearby hills north of the Tennessee River, adding textile mills munitions factories, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command nearby at the Redstone Arsenal. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Huntsville to its "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010" list; the first settlers of the area were Muscogee-speaking people.
The Chickasaw traditionally claim to have settled around 1300 after coming east across the Mississippi. A combination of factors, including depopulation due to disease, land disputes between the Choctaw and Cherokee, pressures from the United States government had depopulated the area prior to 1805; that year Revolutionary War veteran John Hunt settled in the land around the Big Spring. The 1805 Treaty with the Chickasaws and the Cherokee Treaty of Washington of 1806 ceded native claims to the United States Government; the area was subsequently purchased by LeRoy Pope, who named the area Twickenham after the home village of his distant kinsman Alexander Pope. Twickenham was planned, with streets laid out on the northeast to southwest direction based on the flow of Big Spring. However, due to anti-British sentiment during this period, the name was changed to "Huntsville" to honor John Hunt, forced to move to other land south of the new city. Both John Hunt and LeRoy Pope were Freemasons and charter members of Helion Lodge #1, the oldest Lodge in Alabama.
In 1811, Huntsville became the first incorporated town in Alabama. However, the recognized "founding" year of the city is the year of John Hunt's arrival; the city's sesquicentennial anniversary was held in 1955, the bicentennial was celebrated in 2005. David Wade arrived in Huntsville in 1817, he built the David Wade House on the north side of what is now Bob Wade Lane just east of Mt. Lebanon Road, it had six rough Doric columns on the portico. During the Great Depression, the house was measured as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey to be included in the government's Archive and was photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston for the project; this project put architects and photographers to work to create an inventory of documentation and photographs of significant properties across the country. The house had been abandoned for years and was deteriorated, it was torn down in 1952. Today an imposing structure itself, survives at the property. Huntsville's quick growth was from wealth generated by the railroad industries.
Many wealthy planters moved into the area from Virginia and the Carolinas. In 1819, Huntsville hosted a constitutional convention in Walker Allen's large cabinetmaking shop; the 44 delegates meeting there wrote a constitution for the new state of Alabama. In accordance with the new state constitution, Huntsville became Alabama's first capital when the state was admitted to the Union; this was a temporary designation for one legislative session only. The capital was moved to more central cities: to Cahawba to Tuscaloosa, to Montgomery. In 1855, the Memphis and Charleston Railroad was constructed through Huntsville, becoming the first railway to link the Atlantic seacoast with the lower Mississippi River. Huntsville opposed secession from the Union in 1861, but provided many men for the Confederacy's efforts; the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, led by Col. Egbert J. Jones of Huntsville, distinguished itself at the Battle of Manassas/Bull Run, the first major encounter of the American Civil War; the Fourth Alabama Infantry, which contained two Huntsville companies, were the first Alabama troops to fight in the war and were present when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House in April 1865.
Eight generals of the war were born near Huntsville, evenly split with four on each side. On the morning of April 11, 1862, Union troops led by General Ormsby M. Mitchel seized Huntsville in order to sever the Confederacy's rail communications and gain access to the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. Huntsville was the control point for the Western Division of the Memphis & Charleston, by controlling this railroad the Union had a direct connection to Charleston, South Carolina. During the first occupation, the Union officers occupied many of the larger homes in the city while the other men camped on the outskirts. In the initial occupation, the Union troops searched for both Confederate troops hiding in the town and weapons. After they had established themselves, the occupying federals did not burn or pillage the city of Huntsville, though towns around it were sometimes targeted. Treatment toward the town was civil; the Union troops were forced to retreat some months but returned to Huntsville in the fall of 1863 and thereafter used the city as a base of operations for the remainder of the war.
While many homes and villages in the surrounding countryside were burned in retaliation for the active guerrilla warfare in the area, Huntsville itself was spared because it housed elements of the Union Army. After the Civil War, H
History of professional baseball in Milwaukee
The following is a history of professional baseball in Milwaukee, including its current team, the Brewers. Milwaukee was an early prospect for professional baseball, with several brief experiments at the major league level but in the minor leagues; the longest-lasting minor league club was the Milwaukee Brewers, who played in the American Association from 1902 through 1952. The nicknames of these teams were assigned by the media rather than the teams themselves; some were known as the "Creams" or "Cream Citys" after the distinctive brick which gave Milwaukee its nickname, others were known as the "Brewers", in reference to one of the city's chief industries. This chart is a brief overview of the various Milwaukee professional baseball clubs: 1876-77 Milwaukee West Ends or West End Club independent, League Alliance, home games at West End Grounds on "Wells Avenue, near the city limits.". 1878 Milwaukee Grays a.k.a. Brewers of the National League, home games at Eclipse Park a.k.a. Milwaukee Base-Ball Grounds.
1879–1883 no team 1884 Milwaukee Brewers a.ka. Cream Citys a.k.a. Grays of the Northwestern League. 1885-87 Milwaukee Cream Citys Western League, Northwestern League, played at Wright Street Grounds and, according to some sources at Athletic Park in 1887. 1888–1891 Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Creams of the Western Association. Played at Athletic Park named Borchert Field and, according to some sources at Wright Street Grounds in 1888. 1894–1901 Milwaukee Brewers, Brewers of the Western League, renamed American League 1900, became major league 1901. Played at Athletic Park in 1894 Lloyd Street Grounds through 1901. 1902–1903 Milwaukee Creams of the revived Western League, played at Lloyd Street Grounds. 1902–1952 Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association, played at Borchert Field. 1913 Milwaukee Creams of the Wisconsin–Illinois League. 1923 Milwaukee Bears of the Negro National League, played at Borchert Field. 1944 Milwaukee Chicks of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The nickname "Brewers" has been used by Milwaukee baseball teams since at least the 1880s, although none of those clubs enjoyed a measure of success or stability.
That would change with Milwaukee's entry into the American Association, which would last fifty years and provide the city's springboard into the major leagues. The American Association Milwaukee Brewers were founded in 1901, after the American League Brewers moved to St. Louis and became the St. Louis Browns; the modern Orioles franchise can trace its roots back to the original Milwaukee Brewers of the minor Western League, beginning in 1894 when the league reorganized. The Brewers were there when the WL renamed itself the American League in 1900. At the end of the 1900 season, the American League removed itself from baseball's National Agreement. Two months the AL declared itself a competing major league; as a result of several franchise shifts, the Brewers were one of only two Western League teams that didn't either fold or move. During the first American League season, they finished dead last with a record of 48-89. During its lone Major League season, the team played at Lloyd Street Grounds, between 16th and 18th Streets in Milwaukee.
The Brewers did not win their first American Association championship until 1913 repeated the next year. Over 20 years would pass before they claimed another with a 90-64 club in 1936 as a Detroit affiliate. In 1944, the team won again, placing the team in the top 100. Three years the Brewers became a farm team of the Boston Braves. Although this move paved the way for the team's demise, in the short run it led directly to Milwaukee's final two league championships—one in 1951 when they won the Junior World Series, followed by an better team the next year. In 1941 the club was purchased in a partnership with former Cubs star Charlie Grimm. Under Veeck's ownership, the Brewers would become one of the most colorful squads in baseball and Veeck would be become one of the game's premiere showmen. Creating new promotional gimmicks, Veeck gave away live animals, scheduled morning games for wartime night shift workers, staged weddings at home plate, sent Grimm a birthday cake containing a much-needed left-handed pitcher.
When Grimm was hired as the manager of the Cubs, he recommended that Casey Stengel be hired to replace him. Veeck was opposed to the idea – Stengel had little success in his previous managerial stints with the Dodgers and Braves – but as Veeck was stationed overseas in the Marine Corps, Grimm won out; the club went on to win the 1944 American Association pennant, Stengel's managerial career was resurrected. In 1945, after winning three pennants in five years, Veeck sold his interest in the Brewers for a $275,000 profit. Milwaukee had long been coveted by major league teams looking for a new home. Bill Veeck himself tried to relocate the St. Louis Browns back to Milwaukee in the late 1940s, but his move was vetoed by the other American League owners, they relocated to Baltimore, where they became the current edition of the Baltimore Orioles. The city of Milwaukee, hoping to attract a major league club, constructed Milwaukee County Stadium for the 1953 season; the Brewers were set to move