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Today In Brewer History: And Miller Park Makes 40

Here's Fred McGriff as a spring training special instructor with the Braves in 2012.
Here's Fred McGriff as a spring training special instructor with the Braves in 2012.

On this day in 2002 the Brewers welcomed the Cubs to Miller Park on a Sunday aftrnoon for a matchup between the worst and second worst teams in the NL Central. The two teams entered play with a combined record of 27-57, but over 41,000 fans came to see them anyway.

Those fans got to see quite the game as the Brewers built a 3-0 lead, blew it in the eighth, allowed the Cubs to take a 4-3 lead in the ninth, scored in the bottom half of the inning to send it to extras, then lost 5-4 in eleven innings on Corey Patterson's RBI sac fly.

The real history was made during the Cubs' first rally, though. Two of the Cubs' three runs in the eighth scored on Fred McGriff's home run, making him just the second player in major league history to hit a homer in 40 different ballparks. Ellis Burks was the other. By the time McGriff retired he had homered in 43 parks, including twice in Milwaukee County Stadium (1987 and '88) and five times at Miller Park.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 1986 Brewer Rick Cerone. He turns 58. We covered his birthday in this space last year.