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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Mike Cameron

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The longtime journeyman outfielder turns 40 today.

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On this day in 1973 Mike Cameron was born in La Grange, Georgia. The White Sox drafted him in the 18th round in 1991 and he made his major league debut with them in 1995, kicking off a 17-year major league career.

Cameron was a former All Star, three-time Gold Glover and a former member of the White Sox, Reds, Mariners, Mets and Padres when the Brewers signed him as a free agent in January of 2008. Cameron missed most of the first month of that season while serving a suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, but bounced back to hit .243/.331/.477 in 120 games as the Brewers made their first playoff appearance since 1982.

All told, Cameron hit .247/.337/.464 with 49 home runs over two seasons as a Brewer with plus defense in center field. Following the 2009 season he left for Boston as a free agent, where he spent parts of two seasons. He was in camp with the Nationals last spring before retiring in February.

Cameron turns 40 today. With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:

Today is also the fourth anniversary of reliever Trevor Hoffman signing with the Brewers as a free agent in 2009. We covered that event in this space last year.