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Today In Brewer History: Happy Anniversary, Bill Castro

The longtime Brewer reliever, bullpen and pitching coach signed his first pro contract 42 years ago today.

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On this day in 1970 the Brewers signed 18-year-old Dominican righthander William Radhames Castro as an amateur free agent. Castro reached the big leagues for the first time in 1974 and pitched parts of seven years for the Brewers, posting a 2.96 ERA over 411 innings.

Castro pitched in 253 games as a Brewer, still the ninth highest total of all time:

Pitcher Games
Dan Plesac 365
Jim Slaton 364
Bob McClure 352
Chuck Crim 332
Mike Fetters 289
Jerry Augustine 279
Bob Wickman 272
Bill Wegman 262
Bill Castro 253

Castro's pitching career ended after the 1983 season, but by 1985 he was back to work as a scout in the Brewer organization. He was with the team as a scout, minor league coach or major league coach each season from 1985-2011, until the Orioles hired him away to become their bullpen coach in 2012.

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