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Today In Brewer History: Jim Colborn's 20th

Thirty-nine years ago today the Brewers got their first 20 game winner.

On this day in 1973 the Brewers beat the Yankees 5-2 in front of just 4,804 fans at County Stadium. The Brewers only had six hits in the game but one was a two-run single for George Scott, giving him 100 RBI on the season.

Five runs was more than enough for Jim Colborn, who allowed just three hits while pitching a complete game to become the first 20 game winner in Brewer franchise history. Colborn, in his first full season as a starter, also set a Brewer franchise record with 314.1 innings pitched.

Colborn is still one of just three Brewers ever to reach 20 wins:

Pitcher Season Record
Mike Caldwell 1978 22-9
Teddy Higuera 1986 20-11
Jim Colborn 1973 20-12

Yovani Gallardo leads all Brewers with 16 wins this season. Chris Capuano is the only Brewer since 1987 to have more than 17.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 2006-08 Brewer Brian Shouse, who turns 44.

Today is also the 15th anniversary of Doug Jones recording his 25th consecutive save in 1997, setting a franchise record that stood until 2011. We covered that event in this space last year.