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Today In Brewer History: So Long, Buck Rodgers

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On this day in 1982 the Brewers entered play at just 23-24, in fifth place in the AL East. The team needed a spark and they got it by firing manager Buck Rodgers and replacing him with former ten-year major leaguer Harvey Kuenn.

Rodgers had only been with the Brewers for parts of three seasons, serving as interim manager when George Bamberger left the team in 1980, guiding the Brewers to the playoffs in the strike-shortened 1981 season and running the ship for the first 47 games in 1982. He would go on 1333 more games in the big leagues with the 1985-91 Expos and 1991-94 Angels.

Kuenn, meanwhile, was getting his first full-time opportunity to manage in the majors. He had just two games of managerial experience at any level, having held the job briefly in an interim capacity in 1975. The Brewers won 72 of their remaining 115 games under Kuenn, though, winning the AL pennant for the only time in franchise history.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 1901 Milwaukee Brewer Tom Leahy. He would have turned 143.