Timpranillo posted:

Fun Fact. The Milwaukee Brewers and I am exactly the same age. 

The Milwaukee Brewers were officially born on April 1, 1970 when Federal Bankruptcy referee Sidney Volinn declared the Pilots bankrupt and awarded the franchise to Selig’s group for $10.8 million.

Same day I was born.

Explains a few things. Others will never get resolved.

John Briggs.  Had 3 really nice years in Milwaukee. It's very weird looking at his stats through the lens of today though.  OPS was <.850, but OPS+ was in top 20 in BB.  21 HRs in 1971 was very good as only 34 guys hit 20+ in 1971 (130 in 2019!)

Started down the rabbit hole of 1971 and Hank Aaron at age 37 put up:

327/410/669/1079 slash line. 47 HRs.  OPS+ of 194. Clearly, his best single season. 

You sir, are impressive. As kids, we loved Briggs, Dave May and Danny Walton in the outfield because in our $1.25 outfield bleacher seats and no Jumbotron scoreboard, we could see their faces better than anyone else...Bobby Collucio and Danny Walton for a time too.

Next on my Brewer card parade:



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Beyond being an enormous baseball fan and Brewers fan, my uncle owned a printing shop that printed the yearly Brewers Media Guides, so we got one every year, and I pored over those as a kid, learning every stat and fact I could.  Probably one of the first things I learned to read... And, my dad tried collecting the cards of all the Brewers each year given my birthdate, etc. So I had pretty full sets of the Brewers each year until like 1984/85? 

This is an educated guess.  And it's less I recognize the player, and more that I recognize that card, as that was the 1972 style for Topps - one of the most unique styles they did. So, I'm gonna go with Ron Theobold?  Only other thought is Rick Auerbach, but pretty sure that 72 was like his 2nd/3rd year. Could be some bench guy I'd never be able to pick out reliably. 

Whoever it is, the dude looks like he's 58 in that photo. Jesus. Definitely was throwing down a pack/pack and a half of Winston's per day though. 

Did anyone else have the baseball card game as a kid?  You used the stats on the back of cards to play.  I can't remember the name of it, but the kid down the street had the game and it was a blast to play on rainy days.  It was where I first learned strike outs are just out (and not those damn double plays)

@Bong. I do remember playing some sort of game using the statistics from the backs of baseball cards. We played a Sports Illustrated game that used the stats of players from real teams. I always played the 1971 St. Louis Cardinals. Dell Maxvill anyone?

@Tim. Cool stuff on having insider access to Brewer memorabilia. As I’ve collected sports cards, I’ve also picked up a lot of arcane Brewer stuff from the 70s. I will note that I did attend Robin Yount's 3000th hit game. Here’s your Rick Auerbach by the way and good job on β€œThe Little General β€œ Ron Theobold!



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I would play this for hours,  it had a wooden ball, with a magnet on one side. u can just barely see it on the pitchers mound.  the pitcher was spring loaded, you would just pull it back and put the ball in the metal holder. Behind the left field wall was a button you had to push to release the pitch. Just pull the bat back and...........PLAY BALL  !!!!

justanotherpackerfan posted:

FOX Sports North is replaying game 3 and 4 of the 1982 ALCS. (They played game 4 last night too.)

I had completely forgotten the great game Mark Brouhard had in game 4

Its also amazing how much 5he game and, especially, the broadcasts have changed in 40 years

You need the Uecker call on Cooper's two-run single to get the full experience.