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Today in Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Buck Rodgers

On this day in 1938, Robert Leroy "Buck" Rodgers was born in Delaware, Ohio. He played nine major league seasons from 1961-69 as a member of the Angels, and was just 41 years old when he was named the interim manager of the Brewers during the 1980 season following George Bamberger's heart attack.

Rodgers managed parts of three seasons in Milwaukee and led the team to a 124-102 record and a playoff appearance in the strike-shortened 1981 season. He was let go in 1982 after just 47 games, however, in a move covered in-depth in this special edition Frosty Mug.

Rodgers went on to manage the Expos for seven seasons and the Angels for parts of four, and finished his career with a 784-774 record. He turns 73 today.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index and Brewerfan.net, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday today to: