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Today In Brewer History: Paul Molitor's Postseason Mastery

When we talk about the greatest postseason Brewers in franchise history, Ryan Braun's name probably needs to come up. But his top competition is pretty tough: Paul Molitor had 22 hits in 17 postseason games as a Brewer, hitting three home runs and scoring eleven times.

Molitor's greatest postseason accomplishment, however, came after he left Milwaukee. In 1993 during his first season as a Blue Jay, Molitor hit .500/.571/1.000 over six games as Toronto beat the Phillies to clinch their second straight World Series.

On this day in that season, Molitor set a career postseason high by scoring three runs in Toronto's 10-3 win in Game 3 of the World Series. Four days later he tied that record, scoring three runs again in an 8-6 win in Game 6. By doing so, Molitor became just the second player ever to score three runs in two games of the same Fall Classic, and the first since Charlie Keller had done it for the 1939 Yankees.

Molitor played five more major league seasons, but this 1993 team was his last trip to the postseason. The 1993 Brewers, meanwhile, went 69-93 without Molitor and wouldn't have another winning season until 2007.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

  • 1999-2000 Brewer Horacio Estrada, who turns 36.
  • 1996-98 Brewer Marc Newfield, who turns 39.
  • 1997 Brewer Mark Davis, who turns 51.
  • 1964-65 Milwaukee Brave Sandy Alomar, who turns 68.
  • 1972 Brewer Brock Davis, who turns 72.