On this day in 1975, the Brewers were in uncharted territory: Relevance. They entered the day just 2.5 games back of first place in the AL East, and gained ground on the first place Red Sox with a ninth inning come from behind win against the Yankees. Bobby Darwin was the hero of the day, hitting a two run, pinch hit walkoff homer.
The win was the Brewers' fourth in a row and left them just two games back of first place. They closed that gap over the next four days to jump into a first place tie, which they held onto until July 5. It was the first time they'd been in first place in July in franchise history:
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Sadly, this little burst of contention didn't last long: By the end of July the Brewers were in fourth place and ten games back, and they finished the season at 68-94.
With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 2011 sixth round pick Danny Keller, who turns 19.
- Milwaukee native Mark Grudzielanek, who turns 41. Grudzielanek played 15 major league seasons between 1995 and 2010 with the Dodgers and five other teams.
- 2001 Brewer Tony Fernandez, who turns 49.
- 1901 Milwaukee Brewer Davy Jones, who would have turned 131.