Jim Adduci's 1987 Donruss card. - Author's personal collection.
Today we're kicking off a new occasional feature taking a deeper look at former Brewers I've pulled out of a stack of old baseball cards.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: After over 500 installments spanning two seasons and a full offseason, there are some days where I've exhausted all of the available content for Today In Brewer History. Brewers A-Z is a supplemental feature to help fill in the gaps in my historical calendar. - KL
Jim Adduci was the Cardinals' seventh round pick in the 1980 draft, but appeared in just ten games in St. Louis (all in 1983) before being traded to the Brewers in a minor deal. Being traded to Milwaukee changed the scenery but not the circumstances for Adduci, who still spent most of the 1984-87 seasons in the minors in the Brewer organization. The lone exceptions were a three game stint with the Crew in 1986 and a journey to Japan in 1987.
In 1988 Adduci set a career high by appearing in 44 games and racking up 97 plate appearances, batting .266/.258/.383 while playing primarily in the outfield. In 1989 he moved to to the Phillies, where he played his final 13 MLB games.
Adduci's MLB career was short but it was enough to get him a baseball card, pictured here. Adduci was #495 in Donruss' 1987 set:
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 2003 Brewer Keith Osik, who turns 44.
- 1981 Brewer Frank DiPino, who turns 56.
- 1977 Brewer Jamie Quirk, who turns 58.
- 1973-75 Brewer Bobby Mitchell, who turns 69.
Today is also the anniversary of Game 1 of the 1991 World Series, where the Braves beat the Twins in their first World Series game since leaving Milwaukee. We covered that event in Today In Brewer History last year.