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Today In Brewer History: Meet the Orioles

The franchise won their first game against future longtime AL East rivals 44 years ago today.

Rob Carr

On this day in 1969 the Seattle Pilots beat the Orioles 8-1 at Sick's Stadium. Outfielder Mike Hegan, shortstop Ray Oyler and catcher Jerry McNertney all had solo home runs in the game while Gene Brabender pitched a complete game for the victory with nine strikeouts. 8308 fans paid to see the first-ever meeting between these two teams.

A few years later, these teams became divisional rivals when the Brewers moved to the AL East in 1972. Their most notable contest was almost certainly the final game of the 1982 season, when the Brewers won 10-2 to clinch their first division championship. The Orioles were also the opposing team for Juan Nieves' no-hitter in 1987, the only one in franchise history.

Unfortunately, Brewer highlights against the Orioles have been few and far between. These two teams have met 392 times over the years and the Orioles lead the series 228-164. 386 of those meetings came when the Brewers were in the AL, and the two teams have split six interleague contests since the Brewers' move to the National League.

These two teams have not met since 2008 and are not scheduled to face off this season.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to:

Today is also the 22nd anniversary of a 1991 game where the Brewers walked Cecil Fielder five times en route to a 14 inning loss to the Tigers. We covered that event in this space last year.