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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Ben Oglivie

The Panamanian outfielder turns 64 today.

Oglivie's 1987 Donruss card
Oglivie's 1987 Donruss card
Author's personal collection.

On this day in 1949 Benjamin Ambrosio Oglivie was born in Colon, Panama. He went to high school in New York before the Red Sox selected him in the eleventh round of the 1968 draft, and made his major league debut for Boston as a September callup in 1971.

Benji was a veteran of seven relatively pedestrian seasons in 1977 when the Tigers traded him to Milwaukee for pitcher Jim Slaton (who returned to the Brewers as a free agent a year later). Oglivie's career immediately turned around with the Brewers, where he hit .303/.370/.497 in his first season with 18 home runs.

As a Brewer Oglivie was a three-time All Star and won the AL Silver Slugger Award in 1980 after leading the league with 41 home runs. To this day he's among the Brewer all time leaders in RBI (fifth with 685), walks (sixth with 432), hits (seventh with 1144), home runs (seventh with 176) and runs (tenth with 567). Among Brewers with at least 3000 career plate appearances his .461 slugging percentage is tied for seventh.

As of 2012 Oglivie was serving as the hitting coach for the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Tigers' Low-A affiliate.

Thanks to the B-Ref Play Index for reminding me that Oglivie turns 64 today. We'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:

Today is also the 19th anniversary of Robin Yount announcing his retirement in 1994. We covered that event in this space last year.