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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Larry Haney

The former Seattle Pilot and Brewer catcher turns 70 today.

On this day in 1942 Wallace Larry Haney was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Orioles signed the young catcher as an amateur free agent in 1961 but he didn't reach the majors for the first time until 1966.

Haney had already caught 116 games over three years in the majors when the Seattle Pilots made him the 32nd overall pick in the 1968 expansion draft. His first stay with what would become the Brewer organization was brief: He caught 22 games for the Pilots before a June 1969 trade sent him to Oakland.

Years later, however, Haney would be back. The Brewers acquired him from the A's for cash in December of 1976, and he played his final two major league seasons in Milwaukee. On October 1, 1978 Haney caught the Brewers' final game of the season in his final appearance. He was the last former Seattle Pilot ever to wear a Brewer uniform.

Thanks to the B-Ref Play index for reminding me that Haney turns 70 today.

Today is also the 35th anniversary of the Brewers signing third baseman Sal Bando to a five year contract in 1977. We covered that event in this space last year.