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Today in Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Ryne Duren

On this day in 1929, Rinold George "Ryne" Duren was born in Cazenovia, Wisconsin, a small village about 20 miles southwest of Wisconsin Dells. Duren was 20 when the St. Louis Browns signed him as an amateur free agent in 1949, and the team had moved to Baltimore and become the Orioles by the time he pitched his first major league game in 1954.

Duren didn't really get his first full time opportunity in the majors until 1958, his first season with the Yankees. He made the most of his shot, though, posting a 2.02 ERA and an AL-leading 20 saves in 44 appearances, making his first of three All Star appearances and finishing second to Senators outfielder Albie Pearson in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.

All told, Duren pitched ten seasons in the majors as a member of seven teams, wrapping up his career in 1965 as a member of the Phillies. He passed away in 2011, but would have turned 83 today.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:

  • Seattle Pilot Steve Barber, who would have turned 74.
  • Portage, Wisconsin native and 1891 Milwaukee Brewer George Davies, who would have turned 144.