Albert Pujols watches his three-run homer as Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez looks on during a game at American Family Field on April 17, 2022.

A look at Major League Baseball milestones in Milwaukee

The Brewers’ upcoming two-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field will perhaps be the last that Milwaukee sees one of its all-time nemeses, Albert Pujols. He’s looking for his 700th career home run, joining the three luminaries ahead of him on the all-time list (Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth) in the rarest of air.

Pujols entered Sept. 23 with 698 on his ledger and three more games before getting to Milwaukee.

Brewers fans naturally would prefer he simply move on and save the achievement for someone else. After all, he already has 45 of them against the Brewers — which, perhaps surprisingly, is the fewest of the other four teams in the National League Central (and well shy of former NL Central colleague Houston, against whom Pujols has a career-best 62 blasts).

But hey, a little history might be cool too, right? Right?

Perhaps you still have ticket stubs (remember those?) to some of these milestone moments to take place on Milwaukee soil, some for the good guys and some for … the other guys.

A list of all the MLB no-hitters in Milwaukee

  • Jim Wilson, Milwaukee Braves. A 2-0 win over Philadelphia on June 12, 1954
  • Lew Burdette, Milwaukee Braves. A 1-0 win over Philadelphia on Aug. 18, 1960
  • Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves. A 4-0 win over Philadelphia on Sept. 16, 1960
  • Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves. A 1-0 win over San Francisco on April 28, 1961
  • Steve Busby, Kansas City Royals. A 2-0 win over Milwaukee on June 19, 1974
  • Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs. A 5-0 win over Houston on Sept. 14, 2008*
  • Alec Mills, Chicago Cubs. A 12-0 win over Milwaukee on Sept. 13, 2020

*Milwaukee served as a neutral site for a game relocated because of a hurricane in Houston.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shawn Green hits his fourth home run of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning Thursday May 23, 2002, in Milwaukee.  Green tied a major league record with four homer runs in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 16-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The four-homer games in Milwaukee by Willie Mays and Shawn Green

  • Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants. A 14-4 win over Milwaukee on April 30, 1961. At the time, he was the ninth player in Major League history to hit four home runs in a game, and he drove in eight.
  • Shawn Green, Los Angeles Dodgers. A 16-3 win over Milwaukee on May 23, 2002. Green went 6 for 6 with a record-tying six runs scored, record-tying five extra base hits and and record-setting 19 total bases. He broke the latter record of 18 sets by Joe Adcock of the Braves at Brooklyn, and speaking of him…
Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates wipes his brow flirting with baseball history as he pitches 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves May 27, 1959. He lost the game 1-0 in the 13th inning.

May 26, 1959: The Harvey Haddix Game is considered one of MLB’s greatest pitching performances

For 12 dazzling innings, Harvey Haddix spun what many consider the greatest game ever pitched, and he still lost. He retired the first 36 men he faced, but though Milwaukee Braves starter Lew Burdette wasn’t perfect, he matched the Pittsburgh Pirates star with zeroes through the 13th.

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