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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Darryl Hamilton

On this day in 1964, Darryl Quinn Hamilton was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Following a collegiate career at Nicholls State, he was drafted by the Brewers in the eleventh round of the 1986 draft.

Hamilton received a cup of coffee with the Brewers as a 23 year old in 1988 and was with the team for most of the year as a bench player in 1990, but got his first full time opportunity in 1991 and had a great three year run as a Brewer. Between 1991 and '93 Hamilton appeared in 385 games and hit .306/.361/.398, stealing 78 bases. By rWAR it was easily the best three year span of his career, valued at 10.1 wins above replacement.

All told, Hamilton played 666 games over seven seasons as a Brewer before departing as a free agent following the 1995 season. He's one of only ten Brewers who have played at least 650 games in the outfield. He's also seventh on the Brewer all time list with 109 stolen bases.

Hamilton played six more seasons divided over four teams after leaving the Brewers, and retired following the 2001 season. Since retiring he's spent some time working in the Commissioner's office, and has more recently done some broadcasting work for MLB.com.

Hamilton turns 47 today. With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to: