When it first opened, this ballpark was known as Athletic Park and remained with that moniker until 1928 when it finally became Borchert Field (upon the takeover of new owner Otto Borchert). The ballpark would also have the nickname of "Brewer Field" from 1902 until 1928. *Gord Brown SABR. The Milwaukee Brewers at the time of its debut were members of the Western Association and featured a pitcher who would become one of the most well respected men in professional baseball… Hall of Famer Clark Griffith. At the time, he was just 18 years old but Griffith went 12-12 with a terrific 2.45 ERA. While Clark Griffith would have a good baseball career, his true talent lay in discovering the talent in others. He would take over as owner of the Washington Senators and the world reknown "Clark Griffith Park" would be home to Washington D.C.'s Senators franchise for most of its existence.  Griffith would remain with the Brewers in 1889 going 23-18 (3.81) and into 1890.