His career was relatively brief, but if you're comparing peaks you can make a solid case for Teddy Higuera as the greatest Brewer pitcher of all time. His major league career started on this day in 1985 with a start against the White Sox.
Higuera didn't show much on this day, allowing four runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings as the Brewers lost 6-5. Two starts later he pitched a complete game shutout, though, and he went on to post a 3.90 ERA while working well over 200 innings. He finished second to Ozzie Guillen in the balloting for AL Rookie of the Year.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Mike Jones, the #12 overall pick in the 2001 draft, who turns 30.
- Hall of Famer and 1953-64 Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn who turns 92. We covered his birthday in this space last year.
Today is also the fourth anniversary of Dave Bush's near no-hitter against the Phillies in 2009, as he went 7.1 innings without allowing a hit. We covered that event in this space two years ago.