The Brewers released the longtime big leaguer and historical footnote on this day in 1978.
35 years ago today the Brewers released utilityman Ed Kirkpatrick, ending a long major league career.
Kirkpatrick debuted with the Angels as a 17-year-old in 1962, becoming the last 17-year-old catcher in major league history. That was the first of his 16 major league seasons as a member of five franchises. His best year was arguably 1972, when he hit .275/.365/.396 while playing primarily behind the plate.
Over 1331 major league games Kirkpatrick racked up appearances at every defensive position but shortstop and pitcher, and appeared in 16 games s a DH. He wrapped up his major league career with 29 games as a 1977 Brewer before being released the following spring.
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