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The longtime Brewer reliever, bullpen and pitching coach signed his first pro contract 42 years ago today.
On this day in 1970 the Brewers signed 18-year-old Dominican righthander William Radhames Castro as an amateur free agent. Castro reached the big leagues for the first time in 1974 and pitched parts of seven years for the Brewers, posting a 2.96 ERA over 411 innings.
Castro pitched in 253 games as a Brewer, still the ninth highest total of all time:
Castro's pitching career ended after the 1983 season, but by 1985 he was back to work as a scout in the Brewer organization. He was with the team as a scout, minor league coach or major league coach each season from 1985-2011, until the Orioles hired him away to become their bullpen coach in 2012.
- Huntsville Star Darren Byrd, who turns 26. We covered his birthday in this space last year.
- 2002 Brewer Mike Matthews, who turns 39.