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Today In Brewer History: The first to 750

Hank Aaron created an exclusive club 37 years ago today.

Jamie Squire

On this day in 1976 the Brewers came from behind to beat the A's 3-2 in Oakland. The Brewers trailed 1-0 when George Scott hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, then 2-1 when Bernie Carbo hit a solo shot of his own in the seventh. Those two blasts set the stage for Hank Aaron to untie the game in the ninth with another solo homer, the 750th of his career.

At this point Aaron was one of just eleven members of the 500 HR club, one of three players ever to reach 600 (joining Willie Mays and Babe Ruth) and represented one half of all big leaguers ever to get to 700 (Ruth was the other, of course). He stood alone in the 750 club for over 30 years before Barry Bonds joined him in 2007.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to Waterford, Wisconsin native Charlie Ganzel, who would have turned 151. Ganzel played 14 major league seasons as a member of the Boston Beaneaters (Braves) and three other clubs.

Today is also the tenth anniversary of Glendon Rusch needing 62 pitches to record three outs against the Cardinals in 2003, which we covered in this space last year, and the 44th anniversary of Tommy Harper stealing four bases in a Seattle Pilots win over the White Sox in 1969, which we covered in this space two years ago.