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Milwaukee County Stadium

Milwaukee County Stadium had two opening days April 14, 1953, was the debut of the former Boston Braves who became the first team in 50 years to relocate to a new city. They promptly set a league record with 1.8 million fans coming to the ballpark that first season, expanded seating to more than 43,000 and became the first nationally team to draw 2 million fans in 1954.

The Braves stayed in Milwaukee for 13 seasons in County Stadium played host to some of the games greatest legends. On August 11, 1961 Warren Spahn won his 300th game here. In 1960 Lew Burdette and Spahn pitched no-hitters against the Phillies only one month apart. On May 26, 1959  Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched 12 innings perfect game. in 1955 Stan Musial hit a 12th inning walkoff home run in the All-Star game. Willie Mays and four home runs on April 30, 1961 each one traveling more than 400 feet.

Hank Aaron, Spahn and Eddie Matthews all played here and became members of Baseball's Hall of Fame. 

The Braves moved out 1965 to go to Atlanta, the talk went unused for two seasons in the 1968 and 69 the Chicago White Sox played 20 away from home games here. They were eight and 12 in those games.

Then in 1970 the Seattle pilots baseball's only one-year franchise moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers.

County Stadium was the first baseball only facility built entirely with public funds, and underwent only minimal changes during its five decades. They added bleachers in 1961 and 1973 they increase the seating to 54,000. County Stadium was a place were football tradition met baseball as some of the finest tailgating is on display to this very day.

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