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LONG LIVE BAMBI -GEORGE BAMBERGER

Posted on: August 1, 2010 9:30 am
 

Last night, I seat at Minute Maid field in Houston Texas. It was day 10 of 10 straight days
of watching baseball. I watch the Brewers get shut-out for the 2nd straight time against
a poor Houston Astros team. This morning, I prepare for my flight to go home, back
to Milwaukee. I look at see, what former Milwaukee Brewer birthday falls on this date
August 1st.  First I see Tony Muser, but he was only a Brewer player one season. He
did coach in Brewers for 7 seasons. Then I scroll down further and I find someone
who was important in Brewers baseball history.

we go back to 1977, the Brewers are 67-95 under manager Alex Grammas. GM Harry Dalton, decides to tap into his Baltimore Orioles ties. He makes the call to the 54 year old pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles, he would ask a person who had never managed before. But w...as the master of the Orioles, one season, was able to produce 4-20 game winners. He calls on George Irvin Bamberger to be the new manager of the Brewers in 1978. He would be know by his nickname Bambi. Bamberger would be born on Staten Island. He attends High School at McKee High School on Staten Island. At the age of 23, in the year of 1946, he is signed as amateur free agent by the New York Giants. He pitches 2 games of the Giants in 1951 and 5 more in 1952. 7 years later in 1959, he throws 3 more for the Orioles. The pitching master, would only 10 games in the majors and had an era of 9.42. In 1968, Orioles Hank Bauer would hire of him to be the Orioles pitching coach. In that 1968, the future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver, would get over for Bauer during the season. The great Weaver/Bamberger duel was born. Bambi would coaching the Orioles pitching from 1969 to 1977. The Orioles would win the American League East 5 times in those 8 years. Bamberger in his 1st season with the Brewers turns a 67 game winner in 1977, to a 93 winner in 1978. Its the 1st time in Brewers franchise, they win more games, then they lose. He puts the Brewers on the baseball map for the 1st time. In 1979, he even does better, he wins a team record 95 games. In 1980, he can manage at the beginning of the season, due to health issues. He does manage 92 games with a record of 47-45. Again health issues and Bambi has to step down in the 1981. In 1982, he returns to managing, but with a Brewers uniform, but in a Mets uniform. He suffers his worst season as a manager going 65-97. He starts the 1983 season with the Mets, has a record of 16-30, when he is done in the Big Apple. He returns to manage the Brewers in 1985, but even Bambi can win with 1985, they fall to a record of 71-90. 1986, is his last season in a Brewers uniform, he sits with a record of 77-84, when he resigns and gets replaced by Tom Trebelhorn. Bamberger hangs it up for good. In 2004, he would passes on and can be found Bay Pines Florida. Bambi would be 87 today. This one Brewer fan that thanks him for those 1978 and 1979 seasons, unfortunately I spent those 2 winning seasons, serving the United States Air Force at Hahn Air Force Base in GermanySee More

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