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Today In Brewer History: Sixto's Super Start

Over 40+ years of Brewer history, there have been 27 Puerto Rican players to come through Milwaukee. Four of them were members of the 2011 Crew at one point or another: Felipe Lopez, Mike Rivera, Wil Nieves and Martin Maldonado.

The greatest Puerto Rican Brewer, however, was almost certainly Sixto Lezcano, and on this day in 1974 he got his major league career off to an excellent start. He was just 20 years old when the Brewers summoned him as a September callup, and he started his first game in right field, batting sixth against four-time 20 game winner Dave McNally.

Lezcano was already 2-for-4 in the game when he came up in the bottom of the tenth inning with the game tied and a runner on second. His single to right gave the Brewers a 6-5 victory, and Lezcano's +.349 WPA was the best ever for a Brewer position player making their major league debut.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to Kameron Loe. He turns 30.