Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Bert Husting

This 1901 Milwaukee Brewer would have turned 135 today.

On this day in 1878 Berthold Juneau Husting was born in Mayville, Wisconsin, a small town south of Fond du Lac. He went to college at UW Madison before making his major league debut as a 22-year-old with the 1900 Pirates.

Before the 1901 season, though, Husting jumped leagues and signed with the American League's Milwaukee Brewers for their first season in the major leagues. Husting appeared in 34 games for the original Brew Crew, posting a 4.27 ERA over 217.1 innings. He was one of four pitchers on the team to work over 200 innings, and one of just six used over the entire season.

Husting split the 1902 season between the Boston Americans (Red Sox) and Philadelphia A's before being done with major league baseball for good at age 24. He later opened a law office and was appointed as a United States attorney.

Husting passed away in 1948 or he would have turned 135 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to 1973-78 Brewer Eduardo Rodriguez. He would have turned 61.

Today is also the 33rd anniversary of Brewer manager George Bamberger's heart attack in the clubhouse at the club's spring training facility in Sun City, Arizona. We covered that event in this space last year.

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