On this day in 1956 Jerry Narron was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was 18 when the Yankees selected him in the sixth round of the 1974 draft, and five years later he made his MLB debut as a catcher in 1979.
Narron played parts of eight seasons in the majors with the Yankees, Mariners and Angels, hitting .211/.270/.318 across 926 plate appearances as primarily a backup catcher. He appeared in four postseason games as a member of the 1986 Angels, going 1-for-2 with a walk and scoring a run in their ALCS loss to the Red Sox.
Just one year after retiring, Narron started his coaching career. He was a manager for three years in the Orioles organization before being promoted to the MLB coaching staff, following then-Orioles manager Johnny Oates to Texas and eventually replacing Oates with the Rangers in 2001.
Narron has managed parts of five seasons in the majors, compiling a 291-341 record with the 2001-02 Rangers and 2005-07 Reds. He was back with the Rangers as a special assignments scout when Ron Roenicke and the Brewers hired him to serve as bench coach in 2011.
Since joining the Brewers Narron has perhaps become best known for his lineup cards, routinely written in the ornate calligraphy shown above. In 2012 his brother Johnny also joined the team as hitting coach.
Narron turns 56 today.