On this day in 1928 Bob Buhl was born in Saginaw, Michigan. He was 18 when the White Sox signed him as an amateur free agent in 1947 but had yet to pitch in the big leagues when he left baseball for two years to fight in the Korean War. He returned to the US in 1953 and made his MLB debut as a member of the Braves that same year.
Buhl was a Brave for most of the team's 13 seasons in Milwaukee, posting a 3.27 ERA over 282 appearances and winning 109 games. His 18-7 record gave him the NL's best winning percentage in 1957 and he made his only All Star appearance in 1960, when he had a 3.09 ERA over 238.2 innings. He also started two games in the 1957 World Series.
Longtime teammates Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette may be better remembered, but Buhl is one of just five pitchers in the history of Milwaukee baseball to collect 100 MLB wins:
- Huntsville Star Mark Williams, who turns 24.
- Wisconsin Timber Rattler Austin Ross, who turns 25.
- 1999 Brewer Reggie Harris, who turns 45.
Today is also the third anniversary of Casey McGehee setting a new franchise record with a hit in his ninth consecutive at bat in 2010, and the 14th anniversary of the Brewers firing Phil Garner, the winningest manager in franchise history, in 1999. We covered those events in this space two years ago and last year, respectively.