The Milwaukee Brewers are one of Major League Baseball's most historical franchises, as they were founded as the Seattle Pilots in 1969 as of the American League's expansion teams. Fun Fact: the team only lasted one season playing in Seattle, as the very next season the team relocated to Milwaukee and renaming the team name to the Brewers. Another fun fact: the Brewers team name is named after the city's association with the brewing industry. The Brewers were a team in the American League until they switched over to the National League in 1998. As of 2021, the Brewers have won the American League East division 2 times in 1981 and 1982, and they have won the National League Central division 3 times in 2011,2018, and 2021. The Brewers have also won the American League pennant once in 1982, but lost in game 7 of the World Series to the St.Louis Cardinals, and they have never won the National League pennant yet. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, and countless others. Recently we've discovered that some Brewers jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Brewers jerseys ever sold:
5. Prince Fielder Signed Jersey - $107
Prince Fielder was the youngest player in National League history to hit 50 home runs in a singular season, he became the first player in Brewers franchise history to win the Home Run Derby, defeating Nelson Cruz in the final round in 2009, and Fielder also took home the trophy in the 2012 Home Run Derby, joining a select few to win the derby as a National League All-Star and an American League All-Star. Fielder also holds the Brewers team record for most home runs in a singular season as well. Fielder was a 3-time All-Star with the Brewers and ended his career hitting a towering 319 home runs, driving in a total 1,028 runs, and having a career batting average of .283, meaning he was a threat every time he stepped foot into the batters box. His signed jersey was sold for $107 in November of 2012 in the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction.
4. Ryan Braun Signed Jersey - $155
Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year Candidate, and a definite candidate for the 2012 National League Most Valuable Player Award quickly became a fan favorite in Milwaukee as soon as he step foot onto the field. Braun is a 6-time All-Star, a 5-time Sliver Slugger Award winner, and was the leader of the franchise during his time spent with them. Braun was known for being a clutch hitter throughout his career, helping the Brewers win many key games. Braun finished his career with an impressive .296 batting average, he hit a towering 352 career home runs, and drove in a total of 1,154 runs throughout his career. His signed jersey was sold for $155 in November of 2012 in the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction.
3. 1982 Cecil Cooper Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $3,000
Any Milwaukee Brewers longtime fan will say that the 1982 season was their favorite season, as the team won the American League Pennant, but just fell short of a World Series title, and Cecil Cooper was the heart and soul of that 1982 team. In 1982, Cooper had an immaculate .313 batting average meaning he was a very effective hitter throughout the course of the entire season, he hit a towering total of 32 home runs, and a an immaculate amount of RBI's with a total of 121 for the season. Cooper also represented the Brewers as an American League All-Star during the 1982 season. He finished his career as a 5-time All-Star, hitting a total of 241 home runs for his career, he had a career batting average of .298 which is very efficient, and he drove in a total of 1,125 runs throughout his career. His game worn and signed jersey was sold for $3,000 in October of 2018 in the Heritage Auctions as part of the Fall Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction.
2. 1982 Robin Yount Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $6,600
Arguably the greatest player in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history, Robin Yount accomplished more than anyone else who wore a Brewers uniform. Yount leads the Brewers in total career home runs, RBI's, total bases, hits, and runs scored. Yount was also a key contributor to arguably the Brewers most memorable season, the 1982 season as he helped lead them to winning the American League Pennant, but they unfortunately came up short losing the World Series. In 1982, Yount led the league in total hits with an immaculate 214 base hits for the season, led the league in doubles with a total of 46 doubles hit that season, and also led the league in slugging percentage with a percentage of .578. Yount also hit a towering 29 home runs in 1982, drove in 114 runs, represented the Brewers as an American League All-Star, and won the American League's Most Valuable Player Award in 1982. His game worn and signed jersey was sold for $6,600 in February of 2019 in the Heritage Auctions as part of the Platinum Sports Auction that was held in Dallas.
1. 1987 Paul Molitor Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $7,200
Paul Molitor's exceptional hitting abilities allowed him to be in the top 5 in Brewers franchise history in batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. Fun Fact: Molitor was the only player in Major League History to enter the 3,000 hit club by hitting a triple as his 3,000th hit. In 1987, he had an immaculate batting average of .353, hit a total of 13 home runs, drove in a total of 60 runs, he had a career high in stolen bases with a total of 45, and led the league in total runs scored with a total of 114, and he also led the league in doubles as he hit a total of 41 doubles during the 1987 season. Molitor was a 5-time All-Star during his time spent in a Brewers uniform, he brought tons of intelligible's to the Brewers, and he was key contributor in the Brewers 1982 push for a World Series title, but they unfortunately came up short. His game worn and signed jersey was sold for $7,200 in October of 2018 in the Heritage Auctions as part of the Fall Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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