On this day in 1966, Bill Spiers was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The Brewers selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 1987 draft and in 1989 he was already a full-time major leaguer, hitting .255/.298/.333 while playing primarily shortstop in 114 games with the Brewers.
Spiers played six seasons as a utility player in Milwaukee before being claimed off waivers by the Mets following the 1994 season. He played 372 games at shortstop during his time in Milwaukee. Only J.J. Hardy, Jose Valentin and Robin Yount have spent more time at the position.
Unfortunately, Spiers is also known for being involved in one of the ugliest incidents in County Stadium history. While playing in Milwaukee as a member of the Astros, Spiers was attacked in the field by a fan who had jumped the fence. Spiers suffered whiplash in the ensuing brawl, but was otherwise lucky to escape unharmed.
Spiers turns 45 today. With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:
- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Jimmy Nelson and Damon Krestalude, who both turn 22.
- 2001 Brewer Mike Coolbaugh, who would have turned 39.
- 1901 Brewer Billy Maloney, who would have turned 133.