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Today In Brewer History: Never Too Late For The First Time

On this day in 1969, the Pilots and Orioles played a Friday night game in front of a sparse crowd of 9,922 at Sick's Stadium in Seattle. The fans that didn't come missed an opportunity to see a pretty good contest as the future Brewers lost 2-1 to the O's, who were in first place at 82-35 and en route to 109 wins.

They also missed out on a somewhat interesting major league debut. In the bottom of the seventh Pilots catcher Jerry McNertney singled to left to lead off the inning and was pinch run for by outfielder Billy Williams, a veteran of 18 minor league seasons who was playing in the majors for the first time. He was eventually thrown out at home for the inning's final out.

Williams was 36 years and 63 days old, making him easily the oldest player to make his major league debut as a Brewer/Pilot:

Player Date Age
Billy Williams August 15, 1969 36 years, 63 days
Takahito Nomura April 3, 2002 33 years, 83 days
Mark DiFelice May 22, 2008 31 years, 273 days
Freddie Velazquez April 20, 1969 31 years, 135 days
David Manning August 2, 2003 30 years, 353 days

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to: