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Today In Brewer History: Jack Of All Trades

On this day in 1966, Jack Voigt was born in Sarasota, Florida. The Orioles drafted him in the ninth round of the 1987 draft, and he played five major league seasons before making his major league debut in 1992, appearing in one game and never coming to the plate.

After a few more partial seasons in Baltimore and Texas, Voigt signed a one year, $150,000 deal with the Brewers for the 1997 season. He played in a career high 74 games that season, hitting .245/.331/.490. His real value, though, came from his versatility: Voigt played all three outfield positions as well as first and third base during his brief time in Milwaukee, becoming only the second Brewer ever to play all five spots in the same season:

Player Season rWAR
B.J. Surhoff 1992 2.4
Jack Voigt 1997 0.4

Surhoff one-upped Voigt by also playing catcher in his season. All told, the Brewers mustn't have been too impressed: They released Voigt after the season.

Voigt turns 45 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index, I'd also like to wish a happy birthday today to:

  • 2003 Brewer John Foster, who turns 33.
  • Oshkosh native and 1964 Milwaukee Brave Billy Hoeft, who would have turned 79.