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Today In Brewer History: Happy Trails, John Jaha

On this day in 1999 first baseman John Jaha signed with the Athletics as a free agent, ending his Brewer career. Jaha had been in the organization for 14 years, having originally been drafted by the Crew in the 14th round of the 1984 draft.

Jaha had some great seasons in Milwaukee, including a two year stretch in 1995-96 where he hit .305/.395/.556 with 54 home runs. Unfortunately those impressive moments were a little too few and far between: Over his last two seasons for the Brewers his OPS dropped below .800 and he played in just 119 of the team's 324 games.

The A's, meanwhile, got a great deal here. Jaha made the only All Star appearance of his big league career in his first season in Oakland, hitting .276/.414/.556 with a career-high 35 home runs. It was his last season as a full time major leaguer.

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

  • Wisconsin Timber Rattler Maverick Lasker, who turns 22.

  • 1981-83 Brewer Jamie Easterly, who turns 59.

  • Kenosha, Wisconsin native Dick Bosman, who turns 68. Bosman played eleven major league seasons between 1966-76 as a member of the Washington Senators and two other teams.