On this day in 1976 the Brewers beat the Angels 6-2 in front of a sparse crowd of just 10,134 fans at County Stadium. The Brewers scored three runs in the seventh to ice the game and one of them was quite historic: Hank Aaron's solo home run in the inning was the 755th and final of his major league career.
Aaron was in his 23rd and final major league season at the time but was still a reasonably productive player. The 1-for-4 day lowered his batting line to .246/.308/.415, not bad for a guy who had appeared in over 3000 games and was 42 years old.
After this game Aaron appeared for the Brewers 23 more times but hit just .172/.333/.219 with no home runs. He retired following the season.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 1990-91 Brewer Mark Lee, who turns 48.
- 1962-65 Milwaukee Brave Denis Menke, who turns 72.
Today is also the fourth anniversary of a 2008 trade that brought second baseman Ray Durham from the Giants to Milwaukee. We covered that event in this space last year.