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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Bill Travers

The 1970's Brewer pitcher turns 60 today.

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On this day in 1952 Bill Travers was born in Norwood, Massachusetts. The Brewers selected the left handed pitcher in the sixth round (127th overall) in the 1970 draft when he was just 17 years old, and he made his major league debut as a 21-year-old in 1974.

Travers made his first major league start in '74 and went on to make 157 as a Brewer over seven seasons in Milwaukee, posting a 4.10 ERA. 1976 was easily his best season: He pitched a career high 240 innings (his only season above 200), had a 2.81 ERA and was an American League All Star for the only time in his career.

Travers last pitched for the Brewers in 1980 but is still among the franchise leaders in all of the following stats:

Stat # Rank
Hit batsmen 42 3rd
Walks 392 5th
Losses 67 6th
Complete games 46 7th
Wins 65 9th
Starts 157 9th
Innings pitched 1068.1 10th
Hits 1067 10th
Runs 532 10th

Travers turns 60 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to: