Hi Gabbers, hope everyone is having a great start to the weekend.
Today we get a Sports History lesson.
Sports relocation is in the spotlight again.
Why do I call Milwaukee The King of lost teams? Here’s why:
MLB 1902 The Milwaukee Brewers (AL) move to St. Louis and become the Browns. This is TBC (to be continued)
1953 The NL Boston Braves move to Milwaukee. TBC
In 1957, they beat the Yankees in the WS.
1966 The Milwaukee Braves move to Atlanta.
1967-68-69 To demonstrate there still was support for big-league ball in Milwaukee, Bud Selig’s group contracted with Chicago White Sox owner Arthur Allyn to host nine White Sox home games at Milwaukee County Stadium in 1968. A 1967 exhibition game between the White Sox and Minnesota Twins had attracted more than 51,000 spectators, and Selig was convinced the strong Milwaukee fan base would demonstrate the city would provide a good home for a new club.
The experiment was staggeringly successful – those nine games drew 264,297 fans. In Chicago that season, the Sox drew 539,478 fans to their remaining 58 home games. In just a handful of games, the Milwaukee crowds accounted for nearly one-third of the total attendance at White Sox games. In light of this success, Selig and Allyn agreed County Stadium would host Sox home games again the next season.
In 1969, the White Sox schedule in Milwaukee was expanded to include 11 home games (one against every other franchise in the American League at the time). Although those games were attended by slightly fewer fans (198,211 fans, for an average of 18,019) they represented a greater percentage of the total White Sox attendance than the previous year – over one-third of the fans who went to Sox home games in 1969 did so at Milwaukee County Stadium (in the remaining 59 home dates in Chicago, the Sox drew 391,335, for an average of 6,632 per game). Bud Selig felt this fan support lent legitimacy to his quest for a Milwaukee franchise, and he went into the 1969 owners meetings with high hopes. No team for Milwaukee as Seattle and KC get teams.
The White Sox were going to move to Milwaukee until the owner sold the team to his brother, who kept them in Chicago.
1970 The Seattle Pilots (AL) move to Milwaukee.
1998 The AL Brewers move to the NL.
Let’s look at this: 3 teams, two leagues one World Series win. Bud Selig tried to steal the White Sox.
1951 NBA TheTri-Cities Blackhawks, who played their home games in Moline and Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa, moved to Milwaukee and became the Hawks.
1955 The Milwaukee Hawks move to St Louis. TBC
NFL 1933-1994 The Packers play multiple home games in Milwaukee for financial reasons.
1995 No more Milwaukee Packer games.
NHL hard as it is to believe, Milwaukee has never had an NHL team.
Other notable cities who have lost teams:
St. Louis The AL Browns move to Baltimore in 1954.
1968 after 13 years the Hawks move to Atlanta.
1960 The Chicago Cardinals move to St. Louis.
1988 The Cards move to Phoenix/Arizona.
1995 The LA Rams move to St. Louis.
2016 St.Louis Rams move back to LA.
1934-1935 NHL The Ottawa Senators move to St. Louis for one year. They fold after one season.
1955 The Philadelphia Athletics move to KC. They depart to Oakland in 1968. Due to an Antitrust Lawsuit MLB rewards KC with the Royals in 1969.
1972-1985 NBA The Cincinnati Royals move to KC and become the Kings. They left for Sacremento.
1974-1976 NHL The Kansas City Scouts are born
and then move to Colorado as the Rockies. The Rockies become the Jersey Devils in 1983.
Hope you enjoyed this little lesson. Have a great weekend Gabbers.