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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Dave Bristol

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On this day in 1933, Dave Bristol was born in Bristol, Georgia (how convenient). His minor league playing career didn't amount to very much but by age 33 he was already a major league manager, taking over midseason for the 1966 Reds. He managed there for most of four seasons, posting a 298-265 record before being let go and replaced by Sparky Anderson.

In 1970 the Seattle Pilots hired Bristol away from a coaching job with the Expos and made him their new manager. A short time later the team was sold and moved to Milwaukee, making Bristol the first manager in Brewer history. His 2+ seasons at the helm weren't anything to write home about: The team went 144-209 with a fourth and two sixth place finishes before firing Bristol just 30 games into the 1972 season.

Bristol was only 39 when the Brewers let him go and he went on to two more managerial jobs in the majors, skippering the Braves in 1976-77 and the Giants in 1979-80. He finished his career with 1424 managerial wins but only one finish above fourth place.

Bristol turns 78 today.