Naturally, the best team in Milwaukee Brewers history included a nickname revolving around an alcoholic beverage.
The 1982 Brewers, taken over at midseason by manager Harvey Kuenn and known for their powerful offense, pounded their way to the World Series, where they fell in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Taking a name from a cocktail by the same name “Harvey’s Wallbangers” is a squad that features some of the biggest names in Milwaukee lore – Robin Yount, Paul Molitor and Cecil Cooper to name a few.
The Brewers have occasionally carried other notable monikers. “Team Streak” is an association made with the 1987 team that started the year 13-0 but also lost 12 games in a row later in the season. It was a team that also gave Milwaukee fans Paul Molitor’s 39-game hitting streak and Teddy Higuera’s 32 straight scoreless innings.
Before Harvey’s Wallbangers, “Bambi’s Bombers” roamed County Stadium in 1978, coached by George “Bambi” Bamberger. That team won 93 games and represented Milwaukee’s first winning season, led by Larry Hisle, Gorman Thomas, Sal Bando, Sixto Lezcano, Ben Oglivie, Don Money and Cooper.
What about this year’s team?
Occasionally, you’ll hear someone make the reference to “Craig’s Crushers” – clearly, Milwaukee has a thing for using the manager’s name in the nickname. But is there any other name by which we can remember the 2018 team, one known for its dominant bullpen, contributions from new faces and a manager willing to try the unconventional?
We’ll post them leading up to the NLCS vs. the Dodgers, which starts Friday at Miller Park, and pick our top 10 favorites.