September transactions aren't usually all that notable: a waiver claim here, a release there. But on this day in 1983 the Brewers made a move that certainly counts as the exception to that rule.
29 years ago today the Brewers purchased the contract of 25-year-old pitcher Teddy Higuera from Ciudad Juarez of the Mexican League. A year later Higuera dominated AA, and in 1985 he pitched in the majors for the first time and finished second to Ozzie Guillen in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.
All told, Higuera pitched in 213 games over nine seasons with the Brewers with a 3.61 ERA and won 94 games, the third highest total in franchise history.
(h/t to Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times)
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Rickie Weeks, who turns 30. We covered his birthday in this space last year.
- 1991 Brewer Rick Dempsey, who turns 62.