It’s Official: Pilots to Milwaukee

Filed under Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Pilots
April 2, 1970

Joe Cronin officially welcomed Milwaukee into the American League yesterday, ending a four-year estrangement between the city and major league baseball. “On behalf of the American League, I want to convey my sincere congratulations to your organization on its return to baseball.” Cronin, American League president, said to the Milwaukee Brewers in a telegram. “I sincerely hope that the fans of Wisconsin will be rewarded with an exciting team,” he said.

Allan “Bud” Selig, president of Milwaukee Brewers, Inc., read Cronin’s message at a news conference, then said he felt the telegram sealed the move of the Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee. However, lawyers still were hammering away in federal bankruptcy court Wednesday at the exact wording of the order approving the sale of the Pilots to the Brewers for $10.8 million. The bankruptcy judge approved the sale on Tuesday. Selig said the transfer of the team also necessitated at least two – and possibly more – schedule changes. The April 15th game against the Kansas City Royals has been shifted to July 3 as part of a twi-night doubleheader. The Chicago White Sox game originally scheduled for April 17 has been made part of an April 18th twinbill. The days off will give teams time for traveling between the West Coast and Milwaukee. All home games in April will be day contests, Selig said.

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