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BREWERS FLASHBACK
Flashback: 1978: The year the Milwaukee Brewers announced themselves as contenders
Nineteen seventy eight. The year rookie Paul Molitor, slugger Larry Hisle, slick-hitting Ben Oglivie and manager George Bamberger arrived in Milwaukee along with one of sport's coolest logos.

The Brewers finished 93-69 in 1978, a 26-game improvement from the year before. County Stadium was a fun place to catch a ballgame.

Flashback: It's time for B.J. Surhoff to take charge
We look back to B.J. Surhoff, the team's top pick in 1985. Milwaukee had the No. 1 overall pick, and took Surhoff over players like Will Clark (Giants, No. 2 overall), Barry Larkin (Reds, No. 4), Barry Bonds (Pirates, No. 5) and Rafael Palmeiro (Cubs, No. 22). Randy Johnson went to Montreal in the second round, David Justice to the Braves in the fourth round, John Smoltz to the Tigers in the 22nd round and Mark Grace to the Cubs in the 24th round.

Flashback: It was Deer's season
As Brewers fan-favorites go, they don't get much better than Rob Deer.

The free-swinging slugger was known in Milwaukee for his strikeouts and his tape-measure home runs, few of which were more impressive than his first. In this excerpt from a 1986 story from What's Brewing, the official team magazine, Deer remembers his big debut.

Flashback: Brewers' first hero
Spring Training always brings a fresh start to the baseball season. With that in mind, we flash back to the Brewers' first fresh start, when the franchise moved from Seattle days before the 1970 season.

The first fan favorite was Danny Walton, a star-crossed outfielder who enjoyed two terrific months before an injury altered the course of his career. This story, an except from a profile published in a 1980 edition of What's Brewing, takes a brief look at Walton's roller coaster career.

Flashback: Molly Very Productive
We flash back to the 1991 Diamond Celebration, when a future Hall of Famer was coming off one of his best seasons. In addition to 1991 MVP Paul Molitor, the Brewers honored Most Valuable Pitcher Bill Wegman, Home Run Champion Greg Vaughn, Unsung Hero Jamie Navarro, AFY Good Guy Darryl Hamilton, Rookie of the Year Doug Henry, President's Award winner Robin Yount and Minor League Player of the Year Cal Eldred. The following story appeared in the 1992 Diamond Dinner issue of What's Brewing, the official publication of the Brewers.

Flashback: The Kid, Cobra sign on
The winter meetings were in Nashville, Tennessee in 1989, and the Brewers gave fans plenty to look forward to in 1990 by signing a pair of big free agents -- reining American League MVP Robin Yount and veteran slugger Dave Parker. The following excepts were published in the 1990 Diamond Dinner issue of What's Brewing Magazine, the official publication of the Brewers.

Flashback: Yost Q&A from 1981
Ned Yost is Brewers manager, and he certainly knows the city. The former catcher made his Major League debut with the Brewers in 1980 after batting .309 and posting an impressive .997 fielding percentage at Triple-A Vancouver. This interview appeared in the June 1981 issue of What's Brewing, the official team magazine of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Flashback: Brewers retain Kuenn
We look back to a managerial "search." This article appeared in the November 1982 issue of What's Brewing, the official team magazine.