Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Jim Bouton

On this day in 1939, Jim Bouton was born in Newark, New Jersey. The Yankees signed him as an amateur free agent in 1959 and he made his major league debut in 1962. He was in New York for seven seasons (including a 20 win campaign and All Star appearance in 1963) before being claimed off waivers by the expansion Seattle Pilots following the 1968 season.

Bouton had a relatively nondescript single season with the future Brewers, making 57 appearance (one start) and posting a 3.97 ERA in 92 innings. Because he was also the author of Ball Four, however, he's probably the most well-known former Pilot. The book was a New York Times best seller and probably netted Bouton more money than he ever made as a player, but it also likely accelerated the end of his career: It was released in 1970 during his final full season in the majors.

Thanks to the B-Ref Play Index for informing me that Bouton turns 73 today.

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