4. Bill Travers
Years as a Brewer: 1974-1980
I had to do a lot of research to slot in the 4th person on this list. I started watching the Brewers during their World Series run in 1982 at the age of 4, so the 70’s history is something that was passed down to me. I crunched numbers and then did what any good son would do. I called my father. Ron Kurtz is the man who got me involved with this beautiful game, but more than that, he helped form my love for the team from my home state.
He also helped guide me to placing Bill Travers at #4. However, the stats really could really have done it by themselves. He is 9th all-time in Brewers history with 65 wins and his sub 4.00 ERA (3.99) was impressive when comparing him to other southpaws.
Travers also made an All-Star team in 1976, where he went 15-16 for a Brewers team that only won 66 games. He fashioned a 2.76 ERA over 240 innings, while completing 15 of his 34 starts. It was a different era, but that stat is still pretty amazing.
During the final three years of his Brewers career, Travers also won 38 games for teams that would average 91.3 wins per year. As you will see later in this list, pitching competitive innings definitely raises your resume with me.
Despite an off year in 1977, Travers had a very good overall career for Milwaukee. He had a healthy 8.7 WAR and is 19th all-time in Brewers history with a 1.366 WHIP. Just like Davis, he left the Brewers before some great moments in their history, seemingly getting lost a bit in history. Not on this list!