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My 5 Favorite Moments in Brewers History

September 18, 2014

#2 – Easter Sunday 1987

My second favorite moment in Brewers history occurred on Easter Sunday, April 19, 1987. I was at my Grandma’s house in Marshall, WI, so I was not able to go to the game. I had already been to Opening Day on April 6 and the first game of this series on April 17. The Brewers had won every game up to this point, starting 11-0, and I got to see the first and tenth.

My Grandma did not have a radio in her house and the game was not broadcast on TV. For the younger readers, this was a time before the internet. There was no way to stream the game live. Either you listened to it on the radio or you read about it in the paper. The next day. So we went out to one of my uncle’s cars and listened to the car radio.

It was a gorgeous day, about 75 degrees and sunny. All of us kids were running around the front yard, playing and listening to the game. It was not looking good for the Brewers. The Rangers had a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 9th inning. But the fans at the game had not given up, and neither had we. This team had some magic in them.

Glenn Braggs opened the inning with a walk and went to second on a base hit by Greg Brock. Cecil Cooper flew out to center field for the first out. That brought up Rob Deer, the Brewers’ power hitter. The Rangers brought in a new pitcher to face Deer. He took a mighty swing on the first pitch, but missed. Deer did not miss the second pitch. He drove it over the fence and nearly over the bleachers. Rob Deer just tied the game with a 3-run home run!

Rob Deer

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B.J. Surhoff came up next and struck out for the second out. Jim Gantner drew a walk after working the count full, bringing up Dale Sveum. Sveum also worked the count full. Sveum hit the next pitch into the bullpen in right-center field for a 2-run home run giving the Brewers a 6-4 win! Twelve straight wins to start the season!

Dale Sveum

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Thus started what would be known as Team Streak. They won there next game before finally losing, giving them 13 wins to open the season. They then went on a 12 game losing streak on May, taking their recored from 20-3 down to 20-15. And finally, Paul Molitor got a hit in 39 straight games from June 27 through August 25.


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