Today In Brewer History: Happy birthday, Bryce Florie

This reliever best remembered for one scary moment was born 43 years ago today.

On this day in 1970 Bryce Bettencourt Florie was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was drafted by the Padres in the fifth round in 1988 and pitched parts of three seasons for San Diego before joining the Brewers as part of the Greg Vaughn deal in 1996.

Florie pitched parts of two seasons for the Brewers, posting a 4.79 ERA over 47 appearances (including eight starts) and issuing 55 walks over 94 innings. Among pitchers who threw at least 90 innings as a Brewer, Florie's 5.27 walks per nine innings are the eighth most ever.

Unfortunately, Florie is almost certainly best remembered for something that happened long after his Brewer career was over. He was pitching for the Red Sox in 2000 when he was hit in the face by a line drive, breaking multiple bones and damaging his eye. The injury effectively ended his major league career.

Thanks to the B-Ref Play Index for reminding me that Florie turns 43 today.

Today is also the tenth anniversary of Geoff Jenkins' second three home run game of his career in 2003, which we covered in this space two years ago, and the fourth anniversary of the Brewers trading Tony Gwynn Jr. to the Padres in 2009, which we covered in this space last year.

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