On this day in 1947, Larry Hisle was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. He was just 20 years old when he made his major league debut, appearing in seven games for the 1968 Phillies. After four seasons in Philadelphia and five as a member of the Twins, Hisle signed with the Brewers as a free agent following the 1977 season.
Hisle's six year, $3.155 million deal immediately paid dividends, as he put up a great season in his first year as a Brewer. Playing primarily in left field, Hisle hit .290/.374/.533 and led the Brewers in runs (96), home runs (34), RBI (115), slugging (.533) and OPS (.906). He also made an All Star appearance and finished third in AL MVP voting.
B-Ref estimates Hisle's value for the 1978 season at 5.1 wins, the 28th highest single season total in Brewer history. Unfortunately, it was also Hisle's last season as a major league regular: He played just 79 more games over the next four seasons before retiring.
For more on Hisle, check out TheJay's post on Brewers who wore #9 and Fatter Than Joey's post on the history of Brewers on the All Star ballot.
Hisle turns 64 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:
- 2002-04 Brewer Keith Ginter, who turns 35.
- 2000 Brewer Juan Acevedo, who turns 41.
- 1976 Brewer Jimmy Rosario, who turns 66.
- Seattle Pilot John Donaldson, who turns 68.