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Today In Brewer History: A New Brewer Home Run King

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Robin Yount and Ryan Braun, #1 and #8 on the Brewer all time home run list, pose together as Braun is honored for winning the 2011 NL MVP.
Robin Yount and Ryan Braun, #1 and #8 on the Brewer all time home run list, pose together as Braun is honored for winning the 2011 NL MVP.

Robin Yount is, without question, the greatest Brewer of all time. He holds countless Brewer records, has over 3000 hits, won AL MVPs at two different positions and it's possible no Brewer will ever have a season more valuable than his 1982 campaign. The Brewer franchise record book lists his name over and over again, but some of those records were harder to reach than others.

Yount, for example, really only flashed occasional power as a Brewer. He hit 29 home runs in 1982 but only broke 20 three other times in his 20 major league seasons. On this day in 1990, though, Yount hit his 209th career long ball to pass Gorman Thomas for first on the Brewer all time list.

The game was Yount's 2307th as a Brewer, and the home run was Yount's first in 15 games to open the 1990 season. The third inning, three-run blast drove home the majority of the Brewers' scoring in a 13-5 loss to the Tigers in Detroit. Gorman Thomas, for comparison purposes, had hit his 208 home runs in 1103 games, less than half as many.

Nonetheless, Yount took over first place on this day 22 years ago and has held it ever since. The current top five looks like this:

Player Home Runs
Robin Yount 251
Prince Fielder 230
Geoff Jenkins 212
Gorman Thomas 208
Cecil Cooper 201

Ryan Braun is the top active Brewer, tied for eighth place with 165.

Today is also the 51st anniversary of Warren Spahn becoming the oldest pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter in 1961. We covered that event in this space last year.