Today In Brewer History: Sveum's Easter Sunday blast and more

Jonathan Ferrey

One of the most memorable home runs in Brewer history was launched 26 years ago today.

The 1987 Brewers started off 11-0, but 26 years ago today it looked like the streak was about to be over.

The Rangers, who were off to a 1-9 start, took a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning on Easter Sunday at County Stadium when the Brewer bats suddenly sprung to life. Glenn Braggs' walk and Greg Brock's single set the stage for a Rob Deer three-run homer to tie the game, and three batters later Dale Sveum followed with a home run of his own to seal a 6-4 walkoff victory.

Sveum was just 23 at the time, but was on his way to something of a career year. He played 862 major league games over 12 seasons, but better than a third of his home runs (25 of 69) came in 1987. This one, however, was his only walkoff homer and one of just two walkoff hits. We had more on the event in this space last year.

Today is also former Brewer GM Dean Taylor's 63rd birthday. Taylor took over for Sal Bando in 1999 and was replaced by Doug Melvin in 2002, and in between those two dates he traded Jeff Cirillo, Fernando Vina, Cal Eldred, Jose Valentin and Mark Loretta for a somewhat negligible return. We covered his birthday in this space two years ago.

Finally, with help from the B-Ref Play Index we'd like to wish a happy 74th birthday to Seattle Pilot and 1970-71 Brewer Gus Gil.

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