In the late '60s, Seattle was primed to finally get a Major League Baseball team. The city had long been a hotbed for baseball with the Seattle Rainiers having much success in the Pacific Coast League, so when former Rainiers pitcher Dewey Soriano began setting things in motion to bring a Major League team to Seattle, it was no surprise that he received much support.
Several missteps plagued the Pilots from the beginning, including beginning play too soon (they were supposed to start in 1971 but were coaxed by the Kansas City Royals to enter right way in 1969. The MLB would not allow 1 team to enter at a time as to not upset the balance of the schedule), agreeing to pay the Rainiers $1 million for the loss of their franchise, failing to make the needed upgrades to the Rainiers' stadium in time, and to top it all off, a terrible opening season.
By the end of the '69 season, it was clear that the Pilots were not going to be able to field a team in year 2 because of finances. After an off-season of back-and-forth trying to figure out what was going to happen with the franchise, an agreement was finally reached to move the Pilots to Milwaukee when then owner Bud Selig bought the franchise out of bankruptcy court. The move came so late that Selig had to scrap his initial plans to change the team's colors to navy and red in honor of the minor league Brewers of his youth, so the Brewers were stuck using the old Pilots' uniforms, with the team name replaced. One legacy of the Brewers' roots in Seattle is that their colors are still blue and gold.
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