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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday Rick Cerone

Here's Rick Cerone signing autographs on the Yankees' Old Timers Day.
Here's Rick Cerone signing autographs on the Yankees' Old Timers Day.

On this day in 1954, Richard Aldo Cerone was born in Newark, New Jersey. He was 21 when he was selected seventh overall by the Indians in the 1975 draft and made his major league debut later that same season. He wasn't an Indian for long, though: Following the 1976 season he was traded to Toronto. The Blue Jays eventually traded him to the Yankees, who traded him to the Braves.

Cerone remained in Atlanta for just one season before the Braves flipped him again, trading him and two minor leaguers to the Brewers for aging veteran catcher Ted Simmons following the 1985 season. Simmons would go on to play three more partial seasons in Atlanta, posting a .248/.323/.367 line before retiring at age 39.

Cerone, meanwhile, got off to a rough start in Milwaukee. He caught 16 of the Brewers' first 25 games and hit just .122/.173/.143. He finished the season with a .254/.304/.380 line and was allowed to leave as a free agent. He signed with the Yankees and went on to play six more major league seasons.

Cerone turns 57 today.