Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Brian Harper

On this day in 1959, Brian Harper was born in Los Angeles, California. He was drafted by the Angels in the fourth round of the 1977 draft, but his career took a long time to get going: He didn't really get a chance to play consistently in the majors until 1988, when he joined the Twins as a 28 year old. By that point he had already played for six organizations.

Harper was an excellent player for the Twins, though, hitting .306/.342/.431 over six seasons. Despite the fact that those were his only full time seasons as a major leaguer, Bill James rated him as the 99th best catcher of all time in his Historical Baseball Abstract, saying he "lost a lot of his career to other people's stupidity."

The Brewers signed Harper as a free agent following the 1993 season and he played one year in Milwaukee, hitting .291/.318/.398 in 64 games during the strike-shortened 1994 season. He appeared in two games for the 1995 A's and one game for the 2000 AAA Tacoma Rainiers before calling it a career.

Harper turns 52 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday today to:

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