On this day in 1966, John Jaha was born in Portland, Oregon. He was 18 years old when the Brewers selected him in the 14th round of the 1984 draft, and 26 when the Brewers called him up for the first time during the 1992 season.
Jaha went on to play seven seasons in Milwaukee and while his time with the Brewers was frequently marred by injuries, he had a couple of excellent seasons. His best year as a Brewer was 1996, when he split time between first base and DH and hit .300/.398/.543 with 34 home runs, 108 runs scored and 118 RBI. His career year, unfortunately, came a year after he left via free agency: Jaha hit .276/.414/.556 for the A's in 1999 and made the only All Star appearance of his career.
Jaha turns 45 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index, I'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:
- 1991-92 Brewer Ed Nunez, who turns 48 today.
- 1986-88 Brewer Mark Clear, who turns 55 today.