Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Jerry Hairston Jr.

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 07: (L-R) Jerry Hairston Jr. #15 and Rickie Weeks #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate the Brewers 3-2 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game Five of the National League Division Series at Miller Park on October 7, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

On this day in 1976 Jerry Wayne Hairston Jr. was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of the major league outfielder with the same name and the grandson of 1951 White Sox catcher Sam Hairston. He went to college at Southern Illinois before the Orioles selected him in the eleventh round (345th overall pick) of the 1997 draft. He made his big league debut as an Oriole the following season.

2012 is Hairston's 15th major league season, and the Dodgers are his ninth team. The Orioles traded Hairston to the Cubs in 2005 and he's since been a Ranger, Red, Yankee, Padre, National and, of course, a 2011 Milwaukee Brewer.

The Brewers acquired Hairston on July 30 of last year in exchange for outfield prospect Erik Komatsu, and he hit .274/.348/.379 in 45 games down the stretch as the Crew won the NL Central. He was also Milwaukee's primary third baseman during the playoffs and had at least one hit in ten of their eleven postseason games. Despite the fact that Hairston had played 14 seasons, 2011 was just his second postseason appearance.

The Brewers were unable to retain Hairston this winter, as he signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers. He had an RBI single against the Crew last night.

Hairston turns 36 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:

Today is also the 58th anniversary of a 1954 Milwaukee Braves game that drew 40,001 fans, at that point the largest crowd ever to pay to see a baseball game in Milwaukee. We covered that event in this space last year.
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