Today In Brewer History: Beating The Yankees

On this day in 1975, the Brewers were in uncharted territory: Relevance. They entered the day just 2.5 games back of first place in the AL East, and gained ground on the first place Red Sox with a ninth inning come from behind win against the Yankees. Bobby Darwin was the hero of the day, hitting a two run, pinch hit walkoff homer.

The win was the Brewers' fourth in a row and left them just two games back of first place. They closed that gap over the next four days to jump into a first place tie, which they held onto until July 5. It was the first time they'd been in first place in July in franchise history:

Season Last Day In First
1974 June 8
1973 June 19
1972 April 15
1971 April 15
1970 Never
1969 April 12

Sadly, this little burst of contention didn't last long: By the end of July the Brewers were in fourth place and ten games back, and they finished the season at 68-94.

With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

  • 2011 sixth round pick Danny Keller, who turns 19.
  • Milwaukee native Mark Grudzielanek, who turns 41. Grudzielanek played 15 major league seasons between 1995 and 2010 with the Dodgers and five other teams.
  • 2001 Brewer Tony Fernandez, who turns 49.
  • 1901 Milwaukee Brewer Davy Jones, who would have turned 131.
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