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Today in History: Happy Birthday, Brewers!

Happy birthday, Ax!
Happy birthday, Ax!

This day in 1970 was arguably the most important in franchise history. On that day, a group of investors led by Bud Selig purchased the Seattle Pilots for $10.8 million. The Pilots had been in Seattle for just one season but had lost $1 million in that time. Just six days later, the Brewers opened the season against the Angels in Milwaukee.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index and, happy birthday today to:

  • John Axford, who turns 28.
  • 1964-65 Milwaukee Brave Phil Niekro, who turns 72.
  • 1901 Milwaukee Brewer Bill Friel, who would have turned 135.