On this day in 2003 the Rockies beat the Giants 11-3 at Coors Field. Greg Vaughn entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and remained in to play left field, going 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored. It was his final appearance in the major leagues.
Years earlier, the Brewers had made Vaughn the #4 overall pick in the 1986 June Secondary draft. He made his big league debut as a 23-year-old in 1989 and played parts of eight seasons in Milwaukee, hitting .246/.333/.459 with 169 home runs, the eighth most in franchise history.
The Brewers traded Vaughn to the Padres in 1996 and he had his best year there, hitting 50 home runs in 1998 for a team that reached the World Series. He retired as one of just 29 players in major league history with 350 home runs, 1000 RBI, 1000 runs scored and 100 stolen bases. Vaughn, Hank Aaron and Gary Sheffield are the only former Brewers on that list.
Today is also the 55th anniversary of Milwaukee Braves pitcher Lew Burdette homering twice in an 8-4 win over the Dodgers in 1958, which we covered in this space last year, and the Mariners trading Yuniesky Betancourt to the Royals in 2009, which we covered in this space two years ago.