On this day in 1992, Pat Listach was named the American League Rookie of the Year. He appeared in 149 games in his major league debut season (148 of them at shortstop) and hit .290/.350/.349, setting a new franchise record with 54 stolen bases.
Here's something you don't see very often: There were only four players named on Rookie of the Year ballots that season, and two were Brewers:
Unfortunately, this turned out to be the best and only full season of Listach's major league career. He averaged slightly more than 70 games per season over the next five years and hit .231/.299/.290. His final major league game came in June of 1997, when he was still just 29 years old.
With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Wisconsin Timber Rattler Greg Hopkins, who turns 23.
- 1963-65 Milwaukee Brave Wade Blasingame, who turns 68.
- 1953-63 Milwaukee Brave Lew Burdette, who would have turned 85.