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Today In Brewer History: John Jaha The Jet

When you think of great base stealers in Brewer history, here are some of the names you probably consider:

  • Tommy Harper, who set a franchise record with 73 in 1969 as a Seattle Pilot.
  • Scott Podsednik, who stole 70 in 2004.
  • Paul Molitor, who holds the franchise record with 412 career steals.

John Jaha probably wouldn't make most people's lists. He's 35th on the Brewer all time list with 33 career steals, behind a couple of catchers (B.J. Surhoff and Charlie Moore) and one guy that's only been a Brewer for slightly more than a full season (Carlos Gomez). Yet on this day in 1992 Jaha tied a Brewer franchise record by stealing four bags in a 5-0 win over the Orioles.

Jaha got his day started early, walking and taking second as part of a double steal in the Brewers' four run first inning. He walked and stole second and third in the third, then singled and stole second in the seventh. Jaha was the first Brewer to steal four bases in a game since the team left Seattle, and joined Tommy Harper as the only such players in franchise history. Scott Podsednik joined this club in 2004.

The Brewers won the game 5-0 behind a complete game shutout by Jaime Navarro.

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

  • 2004 Brewer Mark Johnson, who turns 36 today.
  • 1992-96 Brewer Pat Listach, who turns 44 today.
  • 1970-71 Brewer Floyd Wicker, who turns 68 today.
  • Milwaukee native Fred Luderus, who would have turned 126 today. Luderus played 12 major league seasons between 1909-20 as a member of the Phillies and Cubs.
  • AZL Brewer Mike White, who turned 22 on Sunday.
  • Helena Brewer Andy Moye, who turned 24 on Sunday.
  • 1985 Brewer Brad Lesley, who turned 53 on Sunday.
  • 1971 Brewer Larry Bearnarth, who would have turned 70 on Sunday.