On this day in 1984 Jerry Augustine became a free agent, effectively ending his major league career.
Augustine is a Kewaunee, Wisconsin native, went to college at UW-La Crosse and was selected by the Brewers in the 15th round of the 1974 draft. He made his major league debut just one year later, making five appearances (three starts) as a 23 year old September call up for the 1975 team.
Over the next three seasons Augustine started 87 games and made 20 relief appearances for the Brewers, posting a 4.14 ERA and winning 34 games. His first full major league season was his best one: He posted a 3.30 ERA over 171.2 innings in 1976 and was worth 2.8 rWAR.
Augustine was moved to the bullpen in 1979 and spent six seasons there, posting a 4.47 ERA over 167 games. He made just four major league appearances in 1984 before being sent down and spending the rest of the year in AAA. He was only 32 when the Brewers let him go and spent the next two seasons pitching in AAA in the Orioles and Yankees organizations, but never made it back to the big leagues.
Augustine's 944 innings pitched are the 12th most in Brewer franchise history. He's also sixth all time with 279 games pitched, tenth with 27 complete games and 12th with 55 wins.