Today In Brewer History: Happy birthday, Bob McClure

McClure as pitching coach of the Red Sox in 2012. - Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

This ten-year Brewer reliever turns 61 today.

On this day in 1952 Bob McClure was born in Oakland, California. He went to school at the College of San Mateo before the Royals selected him in the third round of the 1973 June Secondary draft, and just two years later he joined Kansas City in 1975.

McClure had pitched just 20 games over parts of two seasons as a Royal when the Brewers acquired him as part of a five-player deal that sent pitcher Jim Colborn and catcher Darrell Porter to Kansas City. He was an immediate success in Milwaukee, making 68 relief appearances in 1978 and posting a 2.52 ERA over 71.1 innings of work.

All told McClure pitched parts of ten seasons as a Brewer, posting a 3.97 ERA over 352 appearances (73 starts) and striking out 497 in 842 innings. He also appeared in five of the seven games in the 1982 World Series, although he received the loss in two of them.

Thanks to the B-Ref Play Index for reminding me that McClure turns 61 today. We'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:

Today is also the 14th anniversary of the Brewers signing Hideo Nomo as a minor league free agent in 1999, which we noted in this space last year, and Geoff Jenkins hitting a pair of home runs in 2001 to cap off a streak of five in two days, which we noted in this space two years ago.
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