1977 Brewer Ed Kirkpatrick, who was also one of the youngest players in major league history, would have turned 68 today.
On this day in 1944 Ed Kirkpatrick was born in Spokane, Washington. He was still only 17 years old when the Angels signed him as an amateur free agent in 1962 and made his big league debut later that same year, becoming one of the final three players to appear in a major league game before their 18th birthday:
|Jay Dahl||Pitcher||Astros||September 27, 1963||17 years, 295 days|
|Ed Kranepool||First Base||Mets||September 22, 1962||17 years, 318 days|
|Ed Kirkpatrick||Pinch Hitter||Angels||September 13, 1962||17 years, 340 days|
15 years had passed and Kirkpatrick had been an Angel, Royal, Pirate and Ranger when the Brewers acquired him (in exchange for young outfielder Gorman Thomas, who they would later reacquire) in 1977. Kirkpatrick played his final 29 major league games with the Brewers, hitting .273/.364/.325 in 29 appearances.
The Brewers released Kirkpatrick the following spring and he was done with the big leagues at age 33. At that point he had already played 16 major league seasons.
Today is also the 54th anniversary of the final game of the 1958 World Series, as the Milwaukee Braves lost Game Seven and ended their bid for back-to-back championships. We covered that event in this space last year.